Perimenopause can cause symptoms of pain and discomfort. During this transition, it can affect a woman’s pelvic floor. It is important to exercise the pelvic floor muscles to support the uterus, colon, and bladder. Five benefits of pelvic floor exercises also known as Kegel exercises are:
5 Benefits of Pelvic Floor Exercises
- Pelvic Strength: Hormonal changes can cause the tone of the pelvic floor muscles to decrease during perimenopause. Pelvic organ prolapse, urinary tract infections, and the decrease in sexual satisfaction are symptoms that can occur when the pelvic floor muscles are not maintained. By exercising your pelvic floor muscles, it can improve muscle strength and support.
- Prevents Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Pelvic Organ Prolapse occurs when one or more organs falls from the normal position. Organs that can drop are the bladder, rectum, or uterus. By exercising the pelvic floor muscles, you can prevent pelvic organ prolapse that can cause pain and discomfort.
- Manages Urinary Tract Infections: When the pelvic floor is not maintained, urinary tract infections can occur. By working on the muscles with different exercises, you can have better control of your bladder and reduce leakage.
- Enhances Sexual Health: As women transition during perimenopause, their sexual function decreases. Symptoms include an increase in vaginal dryness, a decrease in sexual desire, and a decrease in pelvic strength. With pelvic exercises, it can boost the blood flow in the pelvic area. Therefore, it can enhance the vaginal muscle and increase lubrication. In addition, it can increase sexual satisfaction.
- Reduces Stress and Helps Emotional Well-Being: With the amount of change during perimenopause, it is important to focus on stress management and your general wellbeing. Pelvic muscle exercises can help relieve tension and stress.
Overall, there are many benefits of pelvic exercises that can help decrease symptoms of perimenopause. Please make sure to talk to your doctor on how to properly work on the exercises.
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Written by Karen Manalac