You may be asking ‘What happens to my body during menopause?’ and you’re not alone. “The Change.” All women know about it, all women dread it. At least until recently. Menopause has been considered a time in life shrouded in secrecy, negativity and misconception. Women have been expected to simply cope with their body’s unpleasant changes and fluctuations, however, medical professionals and a slew of companies are coming to the rescue with information and products to alleviate those pesky symptoms.
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
Did you know your risk of osteoporosis increases during menopause due to the decrease in estrogen production? 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 it’s extensibility? As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I create customized exercise programs that target these weak areas. With consistency and follow through, patients typically see great improvement in 8 to 12 weeks.
I will be sharing more information about everything pelvic floor and menopause in a live Facebook video chat with the amazing female-led team at Womaness this Thursday, 5/20 at 7pm CT/8pm ET. Womaness is taking menopause head-on with an affordable product line from face to vulvar creams, vibrators to panty liners- the company has it all. View their Menopause Must-Haves. While I am excited to lean into their various supplements and over the counter products I am even more excited about their mission to offer education and support to individuals encountering “The Change”. Part of that mission includes interviewing people such as myself so we can share real world tips and strategies you can implement in the here and now.
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.
Come join me, this Thursday, 5/20 with Womaness, as I talk about actionable items that will have you experiencing some “Menopausitivity” and joy in aging!
Join the Womaness “After Party” Private Facebook Group now and tune in Thursday, 5/20 at 7pm CT/8pm ET so I can answer all your questions during their live video chat feature Taking Questions with… ME!