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5 Symptoms and 5 Myths of Menopause You Need To Hear

Menopause

Are you worried that menopause will kill your sex drive? Do you believe that menopause has to result in a lack of confidence in yourself?

Hello there, wonderful women of St.Louis and beyond! I’m Dr. Brooke Kasiliak, your trusted physical therapist, specializing in helping those aged 40+ navigate the challenges of menopause, including painful sex, bladder leakage, and prolapse.

Menopause is a natural phase in a womans life, but it often comes with its share of misconceptions and discomforts. Today, I want to shed light on 5 common symptoms of menopause and debunk 5 myths surrounding this life transition.

Menopause is natural, but you don’t need to let it control your life.

Let’s debunk some myths today.

Understanding Menopause

Menopause is a natural and inevitable phase in a woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years.

It’s not just a single event but rather a transition that typically spans several years.

This transition is characterized by the cessation of menstrual periods, usually confirmed when a woman has gone 12 months without a menstrual cycle.

From birth, our ovaries contain a finite number of eggs. As we age, the number and quality of these eggs decline. Menopause occurs when the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation ceases.

But menopause is more than just the end of menstrual cycles. I understand the stresses this can cause women.

It’s essential to remember that menopause is a natural part of aging, not a medical problem or a disease.

But that doesn’t mean you need to accept the ‘negatives’ that menopause can bring, help is available.

We are here to support you every step of the way.

5 Common Symptoms of Menopause

Painful sex?

Have your intimate moments been causing you more pain than ecstasy lately?

The decline in estrogen levels during menopause can lead to vaginal dryness, making intercourse painful.

This isn’t just a physical challenge; it can strain relationships and affect self-esteem

It’s essential to communicate with your partner and seek solutions. Don’t let this affect your whole life!

From lubricants to pelvic floor therapy, there are ways to restore comfort and intimacy.

Bladder Leakage 

Are little things like sneezes and coughs filling you with embarrassment, and leading to mad rushes to the restroom?

As menopause progresses, the pelvic floor muscles might weaken, leading to unexpected bladder leaks.

This isn’t just a minor inconvenience; it can affect daily activities and confidence.

But remember, with the right physical therapy exercises and strategies, you can strengthen these muscles and regain control.

Prolapse

Are you feeling particularly heavy around your lower tummy and genitals recently?

A prolapse happens when the pelvic organs, such as the uterus or bladder, descend due to weakened pelvic floor muscles.

This can manifest as a sensation of heaviness or a visible bulge in the vaginal area.

While it might sound alarming, with regular pelvic floor exercises and timely intervention, this condition can be managed and often reversed.

Hot Flashes

Do you feel an intense warmth in your upper body, face, neck, or chest?

These sudden sensations of heat can be intense, often accompanied by sweating and a rapid heartbeat. They’re not just physically uncomfortable; they can disrupt sleep and daily activities.

While the exact cause is linked to hormonal changes, lifestyle modifications, and certain treatments can help manage their frequency and severity.

Mood Swings

Arguing with your partner for no reason, and then feeling guilty afterwards?

The hormonal roller coaster of menopause can lead to mood fluctuations, irritability, and in some cases, depression.

It’s not just “all in your head”; these are real changes that require understanding and support.

Through exercise, your body releases dopamine. Helping you to find balance and emotional well-being.

5 Myths About Menopause Debunked:

Myth: Menopause Always Starts At 50

Truth: Menopause is a unique journey for every woman.

While the average onset is around 51, many women begin experiencing symptoms in their 40s or even earlier.

It’s essential to recognize the signs and seek guidance tailored to your individual experience.

Myth: Menopause Means The End Of Your Sex Life

Truth: Menopause can bring challenges to intimacy, but it doesn’t spell the end of your sex life.

In fact, many women find that without the worry of contraception or menstruation, they can explore and enjoy their sexuality in new and fulfilling ways.

With open communication and exploration of solutions like Pelvic floor exercises, many women find renewed pleasure and connection during this phase.

Pelvic floor exercises can help address pain during intercourse and strengthen pelvic muscles, enhancing sexual satisfaction.

Myth: Prolapse Only Happens To Women Who’ve Given Birth

Truth: Childbirth can increase the risk, but other factors like menopause, genetics, and lifestyle choices also play a role.

Awareness, regular check-ups, and pelvic exercises are crucial for prevention and management.

Myth: Menopause Symptoms Last Forever

Truth: While menopause is a permanent phase, most of its symptoms are temporary.

With the right strategies, treatments, and support, you can navigate this phase with grace, comfort, and confidence.

The intensity and duration of menopausal symptoms vary widely among women. For some, hot flashes might last a few months, while for others, they can persist for several years.

In essence, while menopause is a significant life transition, it doesn’t tether you to its symptoms indefinitely.

With the right tools, knowledge, and support, you can move through this phase with resilience, embracing the wisdom and freedom it brings.

How Can Physical Therapy Help Me Alleviate Menopause Symptoms?

Pelvic Floor Strengthening:

As estrogen levels drop during menopause, the pelvic floor muscles can weaken, leading to symptoms like urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.

Targeted exercises can strengthen these muscles, offering relief and preventing further complications.

Pain Management

Is even a walk up the stairs resulting in aches and pains?

Joint pain and stiffness can be an unwelcome guest during menopause.

Physical therapy offers techniques to manage and reduce this pain, improving your mobility and quality of life.

Balance and Coordination:

Some women experience dizziness or balance issues during menopause.

Through physical therapy, we can work on exercises that enhance balance, and coordination, and reduce the risk of falls.

Relaxation Techniques

“Don’t worry”. Sick of hearing those words?

we understand it’s easier said than done.

Stress and mood swings can be prevalent during menopause.

At Legacy Physical Therapy, we incorporate relaxation techniques and breathing exercises that not only help with emotional well-being but also have a positive impact on physical symptoms.

Tailored Exercise Regimens

A well-structured exercise program can alleviate many menopausal symptoms, from hot flashes to insomnia.

Our expert team designs treatment plans  tailored to your needs, ensuring you reap the maximum benefits.

Reclaim Control Of Your Life From Menopause

Ready to reclaim control of your life?

Legacy Physical Therapy is here to guide you.

As you navigate the transformative journey of menopause, I want to offer you specialized support.

At Legacy Physical Therapy, we’re passionate about assisting women like you in managing the challenges of menopause with grace and confidence. That’s why we’re offering a FREE Menopause Symptom Assessment to address any discomfort or concerns you may be experiencing.

There is no better time to reclaim your life than today.

You might be wondering if we’re the right fit for you or might be hesitant about the commitment.

That’s why we provide the option to consult with a physical therapist over the phone. Get all your questions addressed and receive expert advice from the comfort and privacy of your own space.

Our expert therapists will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals and challenges.

Contact us at Legacy Physical Therapy at (636) 225-3649 and let us guide you towards a brighter, more comfortable tomorrow.

Don’t let menopause control your life,

Brooke Kasiliak

Your Trusted Physical Therapist

Legacy Physical Therapy

Additional Free Resources To Help You With Your Menopause Symptoms

Read our blog – Our Tips For Hot Flashes

Read our blog – Exercises To Control Your Bladder Before And After Menopause

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