Why Do I Need to Know About This?
In a nutshell, your pelvic floor muscles are like a wicker basket at the base of your torso, holding and supporting some pretty vital organs.
All our muscles degenerate as we age – but the reduction of oestrogen during menopause can add to this and lead to pelvic floor disfunction.
From the moment you take your head off the pillow in the morning, your pelvic floor muscles are working.
If your pelvic floor muscles weaken, it can result in pain, discomfort and incontinence.
Women in menopause often report an increase in discomfort, and a reduction in confidence to exercise.
But, with the right programme of exercise, we can work around these issues and even improve them!
So, What CAN We Do?
There’s honestly so much – but here’s 3 baselines aspects that you can start focussing on now:
- Work on your breathing during exercise and daily movement
- Improve your posture (both being aware of it day to day, and strengthening up core muscles)
- Increase core & glute strength to help support the rest of your body and avoid unnecessary pressure on pelvic floor muscles
There are loads of ways to improve your pelvic floor strength – this is just the tip of the iceberg!
It might feel like everything’s going downhill at this point but there’s plenty you can do – if you’re not sure where to start, seeking support and guidance is a great place to start.