Can Estrogen Help Pelvic Floor Dysfunction  - Legacy Physical Therapy
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Can Estrogen Help Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 

Estrogen for PFD

Estrogen & Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Estrogen is a crucial hormone in the female body that plays a vital role in the development and maintenance of the female reproductive system, as well as overall health and well-being.

Estrogen plays a huge role in:

  • The health of the pelvic floor muscles.The pelvic floor muscles are responsible for controlling the release of urine and feces, as well as for providing sexual sensation and orgasm.
  • It regulates the menstrual cycle, preparing the uterus for pregnancy.
  • It helps to maintain healthy bones & it has a protective effect on the heart. 

As women age and their estrogen levels decline, particularly during menopause, this can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness

We particularly want to highlight the impact on the pelvic floor muscles. During menopause, the pelvic floor muscles can become weaker and less elastic. This can lead to a number of issues, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction. Pelvic floor physical therapy is an effective treatment for these issues, as it focuses on strengthening and conditioning the pelvic floor muscles.

In conclusion, estrogen plays a crucial role in the health of the pelvic floor muscles, and as women age and their estrogen levels decline, pelvic floor physical therapy can be an effective treatment to strengthen and condition the pelvic floor muscles, thus reducing the risk of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction.

With proper guidance, pelvic floor physical therapy can help to improve the overall health of the pelvic floor muscles, and enhance the quality of life for women. Click below to talk to one of our experienced pelvic floor physical therapists!