Have you ever wondered what is the relationship between the menopause and pelvic floor physiotherapy?
To talk about the menopause, we must know all its stages, between the ages of 40 and 50, the perimenopause appears, that is, the stage before the menopause, where the woman’s body will experience a series of changes progressively until the “non-fertile” period is reached.
It will begin with hormonal imbalances, with missed periods and irregular bleeding, lack of libido, vaginal dryness, etc.
When is the menopause considered definitive?
When menstruation has been absent for 12 consecutive months and, from then onwards, at a hormonal level there is a decrease in oestrogen, leading to changes in cell metabolism and affecting all levels of the woman’s organism.
This causes physical and psychological-emotional symptoms. The vaginal and sexual spheres will also be greatly affected.
It is very important to prevent these symptoms by taking measures in time to prevent possible deterioration, which is why it is recommended to start pelvic floor physiotherapy at an early stage.
Physiotherapists should carry out an assessment of the pelvic floor before reaching the menopausal stage in order to avoid all possible symptoms, or at least reduce discomfort.
How can pelvic floor physiotherapy help?
Different exercises can be performed:
- Internal and external perineal massage
- Local heat
- Pelvic floor contraction and relaxation exercises.
- Stretching and pelvic mobility.
In consultation, we can also work specifically with:
- External and internal diathermy.
- Analgesic and stimulating currents.
- Laser or ultrasound.
Our professional advice is to attend physiotherapy before reaching the menopausal stage, in order to treat the most annoying and/or uncomfortable symptoms early on.