Surviving the symptoms of menopause
How menopause can effect your pelvic floor
For some women, their pelvic floor strength can withstand the hormonal changes and physical demands that comes with pregnancy and childbirth and it’s not until they reach their early 40’s or 50’s that they experience the awkward feeling of urinary leaks. On top off the changes that our bodies go through during menopause, bladder weakness is one of them. The reassuring thing to remember here is that you are not alone.
Menopause causes your ovaries to stop producing oestrogen, which in addition to controlling your monthly periods, also helps keep your bladder and urethra healthy. The pelvic floor muscles surrounding the bladder require oestrogen in order to remain healthy and tight. When oestrogen levels drop during perimenopause, the pelvic floor weakens, resulting in incontinence.
Menopause causes women to experience either stress or urge incontinence. It may not seem like a big deal at first with your initial response to reach for your sanitary pads or ensuring you’re in close proximity to the ladies room. However unlike the hot flushes that come with menopause, this predicament will not pass.
You should not ignore these problems because they rarely go away and usually get worse over time. It will continue to interfere with work, social activities, and sexual and personal relationships.
Here’s what you need to do to start taking control of your bladder:
- Drink well
Adding dehydration on top of your countless menopause symptoms won’t help. Continue to drink the daily recommended water intake. Avoid other drinks such as such as tea, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks that can promote bladder activity.
- Exercise regularly
Urine leakage may discourage you from exercising but it is important to maintain a healthy weight by leading a healthy lifestyle and staying active. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, you may feel more comfortable with low impact exercise such as yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training.
- Tone up your pelvic floor muscles
The secret to improving bladder weakness is to train your pelvic floor muscles using Innovotherapy. Innovotherapy effectively targets the pelvic floor muscles, allowing you to notice improvements in as little as four weeks. You know it’s working because you can actually feel your pelvic muscles activating. Using the INNOVO®device five times a week for 30 minutes will strengthen your pelvic floor and treat the primary causes with results within as little as 4 weeks.1