Menopause & Perimenopause

Perimenopause and menopause can bring a lot of challenges, including some pelvic floor conditions and changes. 

Here’s a list of conditions that may occur during perimenopause/menopause and how they relate to your pelvic floor:

  1.  Urinary incontinence – This is when you accidentally leak urine, and it can happen when the pelvic floor muscles weaken. But don’t worry, you can do pelvic floor exercises (aka Kegels) to help strengthen those muscles.
  2.  Vaginal dryness – Hormonal changes can cause vaginal dryness, which can make sex uncomfortable or even painful. Using a water-based lubricant can help, as can doing pelvic floor exercises to increase blood flow to the area.
  3.  Pelvic organ prolapse – This is when the pelvic organs (like the uterus or bladder) slip out of place and push against the vaginal walls. Doing pelvic floor exercises and avoiding heavy lifting can help prevent prolapse.
  4.  Painful sex – This can be caused by a variety of factors, including vaginal dryness, decreased estrogen levels, or pelvic floor muscle tension. Seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist or doing relaxation techniques like deep breathing can help.

What can you do to help your pelvic floor during perimenopause/menopause?

Well, besides doing pelvic floor exercises and avoiding heavy lifting, engaging in a pelvic floor program and/or on demand course or consulting with your medical provider for any concerns or conditions you’re experiencing.

Remember, perimenopause and menopause are normal parts of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through uncomfortable pelvic floor conditions. Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, and don’t be afraid to bring up your pelvic floor. It’s an important part of your overall health and well-being!

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