Dr. Eilber shares if urinary incontinence can occur as a result of menopause and do Kegel exercises help prevent incontinence.
It’s common probably for two reasons; one is just as we age that that in itself is a risk factor for incontinence, but also part of the bladder is derived from the same urogenital tissues as the reproductive tract so that menopause can affect the bladder as well as it can affect other tissues that have estrogen receptors.
Well, theoretically if women started doing pelvic muscle exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, probably before childbirth, it may help, but no one can answer that question because no one has done such a long-term study. But ideally if you did do pelvic muscle exercises, also maintained hormone replacement after menopause, those things may help prevent.
About Dr. Karyn Eilber, M.D.:
Dr. Karyn Eilber, M.D., is one of the few board certified female urologists in the Los Angeles area that is fellowship trained in the treatment of incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and female pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Eilber received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed a urology residency and fellowship also at UCLA.
Following fellowship training, Dr. Eilber joined the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment and treating male incontinence after prostatectomy. Since returning to California, her practice is focused on vaginal reconstruction and the treatment of both men and women for incontinence and voiding dysfunction.