(Winter 2015) For some women, it’s a breeze and barely noticeable. For others, perimenopause and menopause is a time of crazy mood swings, hot flashes and, to our great frustration, new episodes of leakage. Whether you’re going through the change naturally, chemically or through a total hysterectomy, the loss of estrogen can have a profound effect on bladder function, sexuality and pelvic floor health in normal women, much less women with interstitial cystitis.
We’d like to learn more about how menopause affects the average woman with IC. Have your urinary symptoms worsened? Got more frequency? Urgency? Pressure or Pain? Have you noticed irritation in the urethra? Struggling with incontinence and a weakening pelvic floor? That’s also a possible result of aging. If you’re a woman going through menopause and/or are perimenopausal, please help us understand just how this can impact IC.