Menopause, whether occurring naturally or via surgery, can contribute to widespread changes in one’s body including bone and cardiovascular health, but can also specifically affect the pelvic tissues and structures. Decreasing estrogen can cause vaginal dryness and tissue fragility resulting in painful intercourse or speculum exams, weakening of the tissues that support the pelvic organs contributing to incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, and some individuals can experience increased risk for other medical conditions like urinary tract infections and lichen sclerosus. A pelvic floor physical therapist can help educate patients about vulvar and vaginal care, use of lubricants and other tools, and improve flexibility and strength of the pelvic floor muscles to mitigate and prevent the symptoms associated with menopause.
Wednesday, June 21, 4:00 pm
Cotton Building, Port Townsend