Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tamoxifen: Run to the ladies' room and other Below the Belt info

Some years ago, the doctor suggested actually using my estrace prescription to help with some frequent urination problems.

Now, no estrogen. Just Tamoxifen.

I scanned an Annals of Internal Medicine abstract of some recommendations for treating urinary incontinence (which includes some women having to pee when they laugh.)

A couple of aggravating risks mentioned were overweight, which some of us get on Tamox, and constipation, which some of us are battling now on Tamox.

Apparently somebody knows a mysterious therapy:  pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT).  I suspect that involves what we used to call Kegels, exercises that were supposed to help our sex lives.  Let's investigate Kegels, which I tend to forget about for years at a time.

After an exhaustive 3-second search, here's what I found:

Kegel exercises: A how-to guide for women - Mayo Clinic

Kegel exercises can help you prevent or control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems. Here's a step-by-step guide to doing Kegel exercises ...

They really do tell you exactly how to find the right muscles and how to do the exercises.  There are a few incontinence situations this exercise may not help, but it could be a blessing for you.

It could even be FUN (read the fine print.)

I wish you health.

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