Menopause

As a woman approaches menopause her oestrogen levels drop. Oestrogen is required for optimal pelvic floor function - and if there were already problems in this area they will only get worse after menopause

Menopause is the cessation of periods and a woman is considered menopausal when there has been no bleeding for one year.

The lead up to menopause or perimenopause can start in the early forties and continue through to the average age of menopause being 50 - 52 yrs. These times can be very difficult for a woman with the fluctuations in hormonal levels causing symptoms which can be moderate to very unpleasant. The symptoms can include vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flushes, mood swings, irritability, decreased or loss of libido and insomnia,

The pelvic floor can be affected by a gradual softening and decrease in strength of the muscles leading to increased urinary stress incontinence, urinary frequency with urgency, decreased flatus control with associated bowel emptying problems, pain and discomfort during intercourse, decreased sexual sensation, discomfort with tampons and urogenital prolapse.

It is never too late to address the strength and control of the pelvic floor muscles. If these muscles are working to their optimal function it will help reduce some of the above symptoms and help regain ownership of a woman's central core.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Brenda Holloway
Women's Physiotherapist
The Health Centre
83B Tristram St
(Below Empower Gym)

Hamilton
New Zealand

Ph (07) 838-3400
Fax (07) 838-3401

brenda@brendaholloway.co.nz


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