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Menopause and Your Pelvic Floor: Yes, There's a Connection

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Menopause and pelvic floorIs there a connection between menopause and the problems I have been having with my pelvic floor?

Unless you’ve experienced problems in the past, you probably haven’t given your pelvic floor a single thought. Day by day, you've take it for granted that your pelvic organs are supported and in place where they're supposed to be.

But think again. Even though all may be well now, menopause could change that. You see, estrogen plays a key role in keeping your pelvic floor healthy and strong.

Estrogen and the Pelvic Floor

Estrogen keeps your pelvic structures supportive, your vaginal tissues moist and supple, and your bladder and urinary track functioning smoothly. Without enough estrogen, the pelvic floor structures weaken, tissues thin, your risks for urinary tract infection increases, and dryness occurs. So when menopause arrives and zaps your estrogen levels, pelvic floor problems begin.

Pelvic Floor Problems

You may not notice the problems right away, but with time you will. Sex can become painful, maybe even impossible, from the changes to your vagina. Bladder urgency and frequency may have you getting acquainted with every restroom in town. Nocturia will have you up and down all night, leaving you exhausted throughout the day.

Your back, bladder, urethra, vagina, and entire pelvic floor may feel tender and sore. You may develop recurrent urinary tract infections, itchiness, vaginal atrophy, and urinary discomfort and incontinence. Your pelvic organs can prolapse, your vaginal tissues can tear, and your quality of life can suffer because of all the embarrassment and misery you experience.

Treating Pelvic Floor Symptoms

If you develop pelvic floor problems during menopause, you have several different options. Vaginal estrogen is one solution that will treat various symptoms. You can also try pelvic floor physical therapy, a pessary, Kegels, medications to treat bladder issues, or surgery, depending on your symptoms.

Preventive Measures

You can prevent pelvic floor problems and minimize menopause’s effects by making smart choices today, before menopause arrives and problems develop.This content was written by a member of HysterSisters.com as a non-medical professional based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-06-2016 - 10:26 PM


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