Pelvic Floor Therapy
To find your pelvic muscle imagine that you are in an elevator full of people, trying to prevent yourself from passing gas. The ring of muscles that tightens is your pelvic floor musculature. There are two types of contractions that you can practice: quick or long. Quick contractions involve tightening your pelvic floor muscles quickly and immediately releasing. Long contractions last for ten seconds. Relaxing after the contraction is just as important as the contraction. When doing these exercises, remember to breath normally. A common mistake is to tighten your thighs, buttock or abdominal muscles. Typically, Kegel exercises are a long contraction for a full ten seconds followed by complete relaxation of those muscles for ten seconds. Ten, ten, ten is the kegel mantra - squeeze for ten seconds, release for ten seconds, ten times in a row. Aim to do this three times a day to keep your pelvic muscles strong or to regain strength. A visit to our pelvic floor therapy program can help get you started. Call and schedule an appointment for an evaluation with one of our providers today.
There is too much to say about menopause to put in this space. Every woman experiences menopause in her own way and our team is here to discuss your symptoms from hot flashes to low energy to loss of sex drive. Not all symptoms are actually menopause and we will do some blood tests to check that and make sure you have the best treatment for your issues. Diet and exercise are still the key to the healthiest menopausal years.
Another common time for urinary leakage and fecal incontinence to begin is during the perimenopause as your estrogen levels fall. This is a great time to improve your muscle strength. As women get older, the tissue gets weaker and exercises and muscle stimulation can help maintain strength.
Strengthening the muscles and increasing blood flow can also enhance sexual function in these very important transitional years and beyond. Insurance and Medicare often cover this treatment. We can check your insurance and try to find out what is covered for you.
Most women know when they develop pelvic prolapse. Invariably, an elegantly dressed woman comes in and says, "I feel something down there," or "I think my uterus or bladder is coming out." The primary culprits causing prolapse are gravity, childbirth, straining and loss of estrogen. The pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, ultimately ending in the uterus protruding out of the vagina. Prolapse may not cause any symptoms or you may experience either urinary leakage or urinary retention, difficulty moving your bowels or low back pain. Having such laxity of the vaginal walls can make sex uncomfortable or even painful.
If you feel like something is falling out of your vagina, you are probably right. Call us for a consultation about what nonsurgical and surgical options available for you