“The Change.” All know about it, most dread it. If you’re approaching your 40’s or 50’s, you may be asking yourself, “What happens to my body during menopause? and “what menopause symptoms should I be on the lookout for?”
Menopause has been considered a time in life shrouded in secrecy, negativity, and misconception. Women have been expected to simply cope with the body’s menopause symptoms and fluctuations, however, medical professionals and a slew of companies are coming to the rescue with information and products to alleviate those pesky symptoms.
10 Menopause Symptoms to Watch For
Menopause marks the end of your reproductive years; it begins officially when you haven’t had a period in 12 months. Your body has stopped producing eggs and hormone production of estrogen and progesterone drops. The drop in hormones contributes to many common menopause symptoms.
Common Menopause Symptoms
- Irregular periods
- Hot Flashes
- Change in Sleep Pattern
- Mood Changes
- Vaginal Dryness
- Dry Scalp and Hair Loss
- Low Libido
- Brain Fog and Memory Loss
- Risk of Osteoporosis
- Urinary Incontinence
Combating Menopause Symptoms & Side Effects
You don’t have to feel as though you are in the passenger seat of this transition. You can armor yourself with knowledge, information, and know-how so that you can speak with your medical provider about the changes occurring in your body.
Did you know your risk of osteoporosis increases during menopause due to the decrease in estrogen production?
The good news? Research supports that regular activity such as walking or weight lifting is protective to your bones and can decrease your risk of osteoporosis.
Did you also know urinary incontinence often attributed to menopause can actually be the result of poorly coordinated pelvic floor muscles or vulvar skin that has lost some of its extensibility? A pelvic floor physical therapist can help to create customized exercise programs that target these weak areas. With consistency and follow-through, patients typically see great improvement in 8 to 12 weeks.
Working with a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist to Address Menopause Symptoms
When approaching any pelvic health issue, such as the pesky side effects of menopause that don’t go away, I strongly recommend that you find a physical therapist that is right for you before you attempt self-treatment so that you do not make issues worse (perhaps by doing Kegel exercises that can only exacerbate your tension symptoms).
If you’re having trouble treating pelvic pain on your own, need help getting a diagnosis, or creating an effective treatment plan, find a pelvic floor physical therapist. Want to work with me, Dr. Laura Meihofer? Book a FREE 20-minute consultation with me to discuss your unique situation.
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