July 22, 2009
Many women are aware of the common symptoms of menopause - hot flashes, night sweats, forgetfulness, insomnia. Perhaps less focused on, however, is a longer term physical change that can occur during menopause. This change is a weakening of the woman’s pelvic floor muscles, often resulting in stress incontinence and pain.
Joining us for this week's Martha Jefferson Healthwise is physical therapist Elizabeth Poole. Poole discussed the issues that arise from menopause that cause weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. She also described the pelvic floor muscles, and talked about why it is important to keep them strong.
Click on the video link above to watch the full interview.