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Does the lack of estrogen after menopause affect bladder function?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
No one is entirely sure why many women develop bladder problems after menopause. But the drop in estrogen production that women experience at midlife seems to play an important role.

Estrogen is a busy hormone, involved in many bodily functions. One of its jobs is to keep the lining of the bladder and urethra healthy. (The urethra is a tube that empties urine from the bladder). Some scientists think that the loss of estrogen causes changes in the urethra that can result in urine leaks and other symptoms of an overactive bladder.

Women who experience bladder problems due to lower estrogen levels can overcome them. Talk with your doctor about strategies that can help.
The lack of the female hormone estrogen after menopause does have an effect on bladder function. Estrogen helps keep the bladder and urethra (a tube connected to the bladder that allows urine to pass from the body) healthy. When the body stops producing estrogen, the lining of the urethra can become thinner and make you more likely to experience stress incontinence and an overactive bladder. 

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