Bladder symptoms

Urinary problems are common during menopause. They include incontinence, urgency (not being able to ‘hold on’ when the bladder feels full) and urinary tract infections.

What can help avoid bladder infections?

What can help avoid bladder infections?

  • Drink sufficient fluids – especially early in the day.
  • Go to the toilet promptly when the bladder is full.
  • Drinking cranberry juice may help avoid infections.
  • Pass urine after intercourse.
  • Wipe from front to back after using the toilet.

What can help avoid incontinence?

  • Try pelvic floor exercises to reduce urine leakage and improve bladder control. Exercise brochures are available from most GPs and chemists. It may be helpful to seek advice from a physiotherapist – a GP or breast care nurse can provide a referral.
  • Avoid food and drinks containing high levels of caffeine as this can irritate the bladder and can increase incontinence.
  • Visit a continence advisory service. GPs or breast care nurses can provide more information

If you experience a burning pain when passing urine, or if you need to go to the toilet frequently yet pass only small amounts of urine, see your GP. You may have a bladder infection that requires treatment with antibiotics.