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The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy During Menopause

Updated: Jul 10

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be highly beneficial during menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process that affects women in many ways. An overlooked but very common aspect of menopause is its impact on pelvic health. Many women experience pelvic floor changes during this time and it can be quite uncomfortable and distressing.

Unfortunately, it is not common knowledge, but there is much that can be done to treat these issues and women don’t have to suffer in silence. Pelvic floor physiotherapy can be a great help!

During menopause, declining estrogen levels can lead to changes in the pelvic floor, resulting in several issues, such as:

  • Urinary Incontinence: classified into 2 types: (A) an involuntary loss of urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing, running, or jumping is classified as stress incontinence, or (B) urinary leakage that occurs after a sudden urge to void, like not making it to the washroom on time.

  • Vaginal Dryness: Reduced estrogen levels can cause thinning and dryness of vaginal tissues, leading to discomfort during intercourse and an increased risk of vaginal infections. Sexual function and sensation can also change. There are many products, lubricants, moisturizers, and devices that can be used to improve function.

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Menopause can contribute to pelvic organ prolapse, where the bladder, uterus, or rectum lower/descend into the vaginal canal due to weakened pelvic floor support.

If you are interested in addressing pelvic floor issues that you may be experiencing, you can schedule your appointment with Leanna today!

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