Mercy Urogynecologist Dr. Mark Ellerkmann Discusses The Connection Between Menopause And Overactive Bladder

January 27, 2014
Urogynecology at Mercy - Baltimore

Mercy urogynecologist Dr. Mark Ellerkmann

Menopause often brings familiar changes like hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, headaches and vaginal dryness, but it can also lead to an overactive bladder, which can be embarrassing and debilitating.

According to Mercy urogynecologist Dr. Mark Ellerkmann, the connection menopause has to an overactive bladder is not unusual.

"It's a very common problem and one that can be addressed with various types of interventions," he said.

Those interventions or treatments include avoiding dietary irritants to the bladder, such as caffeine and alcohol; doing exercises to strengthen the bladder muscles; and taking estrogen therapy and medication.

"It all works fairly similarly in helping women avoid those symptoms of overactive bladder, which are urgency, frequency and urgent continence," Dr. Ellerkmann said.

View Dr. Ellerkmann’s “Woman’s Doctor” interview with WBAL-TV11 regarding menopause and overactive bladder.

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