Pelvic Floor PT, Peri-Menopause, women's health

February is American Heart Month

Well, January was a long year, but we made it… It’s now February and it’s feeling more like spring here in Maine (for today anyway). Seeing how February is Heart Health Month, I wanted to talk about how Heart Health and Pelvic Health go hand-in-hand, especially for women entering their pre-menopause and post-menopause years. 

 Did you know Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women?

I know, we usually think breast cancer, but 1 in 3 women will have some form of heart disease compared to only 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer! It is so important to have an idea of the risk factors and what we can do to protect our heart now!

  • Heart Disease is the greatest health risk for women following menopause (or hysterectomy).
  • Heart Disease is largely preventable with lifestyle habits, including movement, nutrition, stress management and sleep.
  • You can take action NOW to protect your heart health!

The risk for heart disease begins to rise sharply in pre-menopause (which for most women, begins around age 40). As estrogen declines, we lose its cardio-protective effects, but pelvic floor symptoms (leaking and prolapse) can also be exacerbated. This can lead to women limiting exercise and physical actives for fear of leakage and discomfort.

By doing just 4 things, you can decrease your risk of heart disease by 82%!

  • eating well
  •  being physically active (especially with resisted exercise)
  • not smoking
  •  keeping a healthy weight

So for many women, addressing your pelvic floor issues with specific, tailored strategies you can eliminate fear of leaking, and manage or reduce your pelvic organ prolapse, while also improving heart health, brain and bone health and hormone balance!

Need help addressing those embarrassing leaks, that sense of heaviness or not sure where to start? I offer a complimentary strategy call so we can discuss what problems you are experiencing and develop a strategy for you to gain control of your health. 

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