The hormonal shift that takes place during perimenopause and menopause is responsible for a variety of changes in women aged 45 (on average) and up. Perimenopause, the one to two years before menopause, is sometimes associated with incontinence—a symptom that tends to lessen as the body transitions fully into menopause.
According to the North American Menopause Society, less estrogen can cause the lining of the urethra to thin, while aging is associated with weakening pelvic muscles.
NAMS explains that incontinence for perimenopausal women tends to fall into two categories: stress incontinence, which causes bladder leakage when laughing, coughing, or lifting something heavy; and urge incontinence or active bladder, which can cause frequent feelings of needing to use the restroom as well as leakage.
According to Web MD, there are a number of ways for women to get checked for bladder issues, as well as several options for managing this condition so it doesn’t interfere with daily life.
In addition to kegel exercises, limiting drinks such as coffee and soda and maintaining a healthy weight, timing bathroom visits can be an effective way to ensure that the risk of bladder leakage is minimized. Luckily, there is a tool that is designed for just that.
Less estrogen can cause the lining of the urethra to thin
Although incontinence during menopause is a common issue, it often goes unmentioned or accepted as the norm for women as they age. However, if incontinence becomes a serious problem and affects a woman’s quality of life, there is a solution that is highly effective, non-invasive and affordable.
The wearable DFree device is a simple way for women in perimenopause and menopause to monitor bladder fullness so they can go to the restroom before leakage occurs.
The DFree uses ultrasound technology and compact, portable hardware to record data about bladder fullness and send it to the user’s device. Over time, the DFree learns about its user and can send alerts to let her know when it’s time to go. It’s an effective way to ensure that restroom visits are being timed in a way that make sense for the user and her specific needs.
The DFree sends info and notifications straight to the user’s device or tablet so she can easily monitor updates about bladder fullness throughout the day; over time this data can illustrate trends and allow for more awareness and control.
Perimenopause and menopause can be a challenging time to navigate as a woman, and the cost and risk associated with pills and surgery used to treat incontinence may not seem worth it. DFree’s designers understand that having control over one’s bathroom routine and the dignity and independence that that allows is no small thing.
DFree has made it their goal to make effective treatment easily accessible to anyone who experiences incontinence, whether it’s mild or severe, recently developed or a lifelong condition.
Over time, the DFree learns about its user and can send alerts to let her know when it’s time to go.