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sudden urge to pee driving me nuts!

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ssd Thu 02-Feb-17 22:06:52

I realise this is part and parcel of my age, 50, perimeno, have been lucky so far with few symptoms and keep well, but the last few months I've noticed when I need to go to the loo, I need to go now

did a bit of dr google and am wondering, would vaginal estrogen help with this?

I dont have any other symptoms at all, just this

any info would be great

its not cystitis, I've never had this, no discharge or pain or leaking, just the urge to pee coming on suddenly

PollyPerky Fri 03-Feb-17 14:25:31

In a word, 'yes'. And don't stop using it. You will need it long term /forever. two weeks daily to start with then twice a week thereafter.

ssd Fri 03-Feb-17 14:49:51

thanks, can I ask, how on earth does it work?

PollyPerky Fri 03-Feb-17 15:17:00

ok you want the science smile

Many organs and tissues of our body are dependent on estrogen to function well. These include the bladder, urethra, vagina, guts (to an extent), muscles of the pelvic floor (estrogen helps make collagen which is what gives skin and muscles support).

Estrogen keeps all these things plumped up and the mucus membranes that line the bladder and urethra stay plumped up healthy. Their cells have 'estrogen receptors' meaning they respond to estrogen circulating in the tissues.

During peri and post meno, estrogen levels fall and everything dries out. That's why you get the urge to pee, get dry vaginas, dodgy bladders etc.

So...when you use oestrogen creams etc vaginally, they are absorbed through the skin. The urethra and bladder are just on the other side of the vagina so the cream penetrates the tissues in the vagina and is absorbed by the urethra and bladder.

I feel like I've just written a GCSE biology essay! Hope it helps.

ssd Fri 03-Feb-17 21:22:29

thanks so much for that smile

ssd Fri 03-Feb-17 21:23:35

who'd be a woman,eh?

Jennifer11 Fri 03-Feb-17 23:49:57

I've had similar but with lots of cystitis and utis. Asked GP for it and have just gone onto 3 doses per week topped up with replens. Feel soooooo much bettersmile

ssd Sat 04-Feb-17 10:02:22


I'll see how it goes and if its really affecting me too much day to day I'll go to the drs

PollyPerky Sat 04-Feb-17 14:04:59

You should seriously think about tackling this sooner not later smile
If left it may get worse and you may also suffer from vaginal atrophy which can be put right, but takes longer the worse it is.

ssd Sun 05-Feb-17 12:19:13


what on earth is vaginal atrophy?

PollyPerky Sun 05-Feb-17 14:47:30

Loads online about it smile (google)

Basically, it's loss of estrogen which makes the vagina dry, sore, narrower, shorter, possibly hot and itchy, red (inside and the vulva), shrinkage of labia, and this condition also affects the surrounding areas like the bladder and urethra.

ssd Sun 05-Feb-17 23:13:49

thanks again polly

oldfatandtired1 Wed 08-Feb-17 23:57:04

Just to say I started on Vagifem last year as I was in a new relationship post divorce and post menopause and intercourse was uncomfortable as I was so 'dry'. Not only has it made sex vastly more pleasurable but I now don't have to get up in the night for a wee! Previously I'd be up twice a night. If my relationship ended tomorrow I'd carry on with Vagifem, it is fantastic to sleep through the night again.

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