If you’ve never been pregnant, you might not think about your pelvic floor very often. But this hammock of muscles inside of your pelvis supports some important organs, such as your uterus, your bladder, and your colon, as noted by Healthline. For this reason, having a healthy pelvic floor is super important.
However, when you go through menopause, that can impact your restroom habits, according to pelvic floor physical therapist Dr. Rachel Gelman. “Hormonal changes during menopause can impact pelvic floor muscles leading to things like urinary/fecal incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse,” she explained to The List.
So in order to keep your pelvic floor strong and healthy, Gelman recommends getting regular exercise. “Since these muscles are supporting the pelvic organs, and providing core stability, any type of exercise will engage the pelvic floor in some way,” she continued. “So low impact cardio can be a good start.” She also recommends not straining when you have a bowel movement and using a Squatty Potty if needed. That can help you out a lot in the long run.
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