Age With Grace And With Confidence
So you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s and you’re wondering about your pelvic floor.
Can working on your pelvic floor help you get rid of pads while exercising? Will it allow you to keep up with your active grandkids? And how about sex – can even that be enjoyable once again??
We’re so glad you asked.
In fact, having the courage to voice your pelvic health concerns is a significant step. It means you are part of the new generation of women hitting menopause who are actually willing to seek care for pelvic health challenges. And more importantly, you are not willing to accept pelvic floor problems as a defining part of your story.
Although we are called “The Mama’s Physio”, we work with many women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. We actually love working with women in this phase of life because their motivation is high and self-care is (finally) a priority. And because of this they get the results they’re looking for.
If you’re wondering if it’s too late to improve your pelvic floor health – the answer is no. Never.
Now is your time.
Menopause is the phase of life in which a woman no longer has a menstrual cycle (for 12 consecutive months). It is a normal, hormonally driven, physiological process where the eggs are no longer released from the ovaries.
Pre-menopause includes the reproductive years (ie. 20s, 30s, 40s) during which menopause symptoms are typically not experienced.
Peri-menopause (sometimes mislabeled as pre-menopause) is a 2-10 year period of time before a woman’s menstrual cycle officially ends. In this period hormonal fluctuations occur and women experience various symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, vaginal dryness, increased instance of UTIs, decreased bone density, and more.
Post-menopause is the period of time after the menstrual cycle has ceased. It is often accompanied by a decline or absence of the symptoms listed above.
Menopause can be a naturally occurring process or it can follow certain procedures, treatments, or medical conditions such as: total hysterectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or ovarian insufficiency.
No matter how menopause is ushered in, all women will go through a number of transitions. And often these physical (and mental or emotional) changes can have a significant impact pelvic floor health.
Signs and symptoms are diverse and very individual. Not all women will have symptoms. And if they do, not all women will experience them to the same degree. Pelvic health symptoms include:
- pelvic organ prolapse
- vaginal dryness
- urethral irritation
- vulvar tissue and texture changes
- atrophy of pelvic/perineal tissues or loss of tissue bulk and tone
- increased UTIs
- changes in libido
- pain with intercourse
- and more
To learn how we can help you navigate these changes with your pelvic, abdominal, and sexual health, read on.
Pelvic floor physiotherapists play an important role in helping you navigate and overcome any pelvic health symptoms related to perimenopause. We treat incontinence, prolapse, sexual dysfunction, pelvic floor muscle atrophy, vulvar tissue irritation or sensitivity and more.
But it is important to mention that we don’t just look at your pelvic floor. We look at you as a whole person.
Menopause and the years leading up to it marks the closing of a chapter. Some women welcome and celebrate this. Others struggle with a profound sense of loss, especially if menopause resulted from a medical treatment or procedure.
For all women, it is a rite of passage. Do you remember what it was like to be a pre-teen entering into puberty? There were many physical changes that took place, and there were emotional ups and downs. You needed support, care, and understanding as you journeyed from being a child to becoming a young woman.
And now as you journey past your reproductive years and enter the territory of wise and experienced elders, we are here you help you navigate that with as much body confidence as possible.
Women are often directed immediately towards into medical or surgical treatment options for perimenopause symptoms; and many women do not realize that they may be able to effectively manage their symptoms through self-empowering strategies taught by a physiotherapist.
We cannot stress it enough: knowledge is power. You have agency and you can take control over your own health.
That being said, perimenopause impacts many areas of life, from sleep, to mood, to weight management, to sexuality. So we strongly recommend you work with various types of healthcare professionals – such as your gynaecologist, naturopathic doctor, psychotherapist, or holistic nutritionist, or women’s health and wellness coach – to help you reach your health goals faster.
There are many different ways to treat the symptoms of menopause. Ultimately, we believe in the power of lifestyle medicine: restorative sleep, holistic nutrition, effective stress management, daily movement, mental health practices, and cultivating joy go an extremely long way in creating health for you as you go through this life transition.
Our Perimenopause Pelvic Health Programs
We start by getting to know you and understanding your experiences. We want to know how your perimenopause symptoms are affecting your life, what you have tried, and what your goals are. We’ll ask questions about your pelvic health and look at your bigger health picture as well.
After this, we check out how your unique body is working and let you know what we find. Our programs include custom recommendations, hands on strategies, practical advice, step by step home exercise protocols, email support, accountability, educational resources, product recommendations, letters to your healthcare team, and more.
All that we offer is designed to help optimize your system as you transition to menopause and beyond.
Our (peri)menopause programs will be a great fit for you if…
You’re willing to consider the impact of your whole health on your symptoms (eg. sleep, nutrition, stress, etc.)
You believe that menopause doesn’t have to be a terrible and are motivated to learn how to navigate it well
You wish to consider non-pharmacological or non-surgical options for managing perimenopause symptoms
You entered into menopause immediately following a surgical procedure or treatment such as a total hysterectomy
I would highly recommend utilizing the services of Mama’s Physio to any woman requiring assistance. I have issues with a prolapsed bladder and had utilized another physiotherapist in the past but did not receive the assistance and encouragement that I received from the physio team here. My therapist gave me solutions and options that helped me work towards my goals. I felt relieved to know that I could achieve results, that I had tools that could help me with my issues. Words can not express adequately my gratitude, I came out of this experience feeling empowered and confident.