Updated: Jan 24
Menopause usually appears in women between the age of 49 and 52, bringing hormonal and physical changes. It is defined by the decreased production of hormones – estrogens and progesterone in the ovaries, creating an imbalance in the body.
The effects of Menopause
The effects of menopause are different for every woman, but the main physical consequences can be the following:
· Vaginal dryness
· Muscle weakening
· Osteoporosis (poor bone quality)
· Hot flushes
Physical changes in Menopause
Menopause and aging can cause muscles to weaken, including pelvic floor muscles. By losing its tonus and strength, the pelvic floor can’t assume its function of supporting pelvic organs, which can lead to several issues such as prolapse,incontinence or leakage. Gaining weight or having the bladder losing its elasticity can also be caused by a weak pelvic floor and hormonal unbalance.
How to fight against the effects of menopause
There is a possibility to obtain medical treatments prescribed in order to equilibrate the level of hormones such as estrogen, prevent poor bone quality or fight against hot flushes (which can be very uncomfortable).
But it’s also important to look after your mobility and keep daily exercises to bring back tonus in your muscles. To prevent or reverse the effects or urinary urgencies, incontinence, prolapse or sexual issues, pelvic floor exercises with a women’s health physiotherapist are the best way to go forward. It’s never too late to start physiotherapy exercises to regain strength in your pelvic floor. By being aware of its function and working on its elasticity as you work on any muscles in general – by going to the gym or staying active. Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a pain-free, surgery-free and very simple method that will fix many women’s health issues.
When to start pelvic floor rehabilitation
Any time is good to start pelvic floor exercises. We encourage women to integrate pelvic floor rehabilitation after their first pregnancy as giving birth to a baby can grandly weaken the pelvic floor. But even if you haven’t done any postnatal physio rehab in the past, or if you haven’t been pregnant, you still can start pelvic exercises at any age and any stage of your life. Women’s health issues don’t only concern mothers or older ladies. Every woman can be affected.
Correct pelvic floor treatments with a qualified physiotherapist specialized in women’s health will not only help gain back tonus and prevent prolapse, bladder issues or bowel issues, but will also help you be more aware of how to control your pelvic floor by contracting or relaxing it. Plus, it will be more than useful on a sexual point of view, treating lack of sensations or – on the contrary, pain during intercourses. The bonus? Even if you don’t suffer from any sexual dysfunction, knowing how to control your pelvic muscles will still help increase the sensation during sex with your partner.
Mummy’s Physio is a team of physiotherapists and osteopaths with years of experience and qualifications. Passionate and highly trained, they will be able to provide you the best treatments and rehabilitation in London, at the practices or at home.