How to optimise women's pelvic floor exercise technique. Learn valuable scientific research about pelvic floor health in menopause.
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Urinary incontinence impacts 200 million people globally, with research indicating that women are over twice as likely to experience it.
As oestrogen levels fall in perimenopause and menopause, pelvic floor muscles may weaken, leading to issues like urgency, leaking, and urinary incontinence. Insufficient pelvic floor muscle strength can lead to embarrassing problems like bowel leakage and prolapse. This all-too-common, yet often unspoken, pelvic floor dysfunction poses a significant obstacle to women's exercise.
Properly strengthening these muscles ensures women can engage in activities like running, jumping, and squatting with confidence. Similar to other muscles, pelvic floor muscles undergo a natural decrease inmass (sarcopenia) and loss of elasticity with age, exacerbated by reduced collagen levels. Additionally, declining oestrogen levels can contribute to various menopausal symptoms, including weight gain, vaginal dryness, and an increased risk of chronic conditions like diabetes, that can all become further barriers to exercising.
The good news is that there are evidence-based interventions that can help manage and alleviate these symptoms during menopause. You don't need to be an expert but having awareness of how this can impact your clients will enhance your professional practice.
Jennifer Kruger (PhD), founder and CEO of JUNOFEM, is a prominent, internationally recognised researcher and academic in the area of pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction in women, having led the Pelvic Floor Research group at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute since 2011. She brings over fifteen years of clinical experience in nursing and midwifery, and holds a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science. Jenny is passionate about helping women overcome pelvic discomfort and using scientific rigour to inform clinical practice and health strategies.
· How to optimise pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT)
· Effective strategies for preventing urinary incontinence
· Optimal approaches for managing urinary incontinence
· How pelvic organ prolapse can be managed
Listen to recent scientific findings on pelvic floor health, to help women maintain an active and healthy life during menopause and beyond. Discover how seeking guidance from healthcare professionals can assist in creating a personalised plan, addressing individual needs and ensuring a seamless transition through this transformative phase of life.
You will add a valuable resource to your menopause coaching tool kit to help women move confidently into menopause!