Menopause changes – let’s talk about them
It’s 2023 and we still seem to skirt around the issue of menopause. Why is that? Why aren’t we, as women, talking about it to all our contemporaries. And the younger generation for that matter. Or in schools as part of sex education.
Here’s one common menopause change – bladder leakage. You know what I mean … when you’re walking and need to sneeze so you have to stop and brace cause otherwise you’re gonna leak. Or, all of a sudden your bladder feels full and you’ve got to get to a toilet right now otherwise you’ll wet yourself. Or you find yourself needing to go to the loo multiple times during the night (which can then lead to sleep issues).
Have I lost all the men yet? That’s ok. But read on if you’re still here – you may learn something about the women in your life.
We need to normalise talking about things like bladder leakage. According to a paper I read on PubMed recently, over 50% of menopausal women suffer some form of leakage. That is an insane statistic given the silence around the issue.
Why are we embarrassed to talk about? There is so much you can do to help strengthen your pelvic floor.
Other common menopause changes include more frequent UTIs and vaginal dryness. Cringing yet?
Come on! Let’s talk about it. To other women, to our partners, to our children and most definitely to our health professionals.
I’m bringing this up now because I’ve just completed my friend, Charlie O-Connor’s, twelve-week program – Self Care For Down There. I highly recommend it.
It covers a range of different aspects of self-care. There’s lots of pelvic floor work (Charlie is a pelvic-floor physio) but also self-worth work. And of course, physical, emotional and mental release work.
We don’t give ourselves time to focus on our bodies as busy women and I’ve so enjoyed this period of reconnecting with myself in this way. And I definitely have a strong practice of pelvic floor exercises happening now which will serve me for the rest of my life.
If you’ve noticed issues creeping in, I’d highly recommend seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist. There are many exercises and tools which can help all these conditions we accept as a normal part of ageing.
Of course, you know I have to say it … there’s always an emotional and mental aspect to the issues as well. Not to mention that our levels of inflammation play a part as well.
I talk about all this “stuff” all the time. Do you?
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