Bladder irritation is one of the common symptoms associated with menopause. However, you may find it hard to complain about urinary (and vaginal) symptoms out of embarrassment. Unfortunately, many doctors will not ask you about them.
The urinary bladder is an elastic, muscular sac which holds the urine excreted by the kidneys before urination. Once it collects 300ml of urine, it starts sending signals for urination, and can hold a maximum of 600ml in normal adults.
One type of bladder disorder is the over-active bladder, also known as urge incontinence. This is the involuntary voiding of urine after a sudden urge to urinate is felt. Over-active bladder is often caused by the abnormal contraction of the detrusor muscle, one of the bladder’s major muscles involved in the normal process of urination.