Pelvic health is crazy important. I honestly didn’t realize how important it was until I attended an event in NYC held by Poise. Pelvic Health is vital for so many reasons and I learned a few things in a fun q&a session followed up by a exercise with the legendary Brooke Burke.
Question & Answer Fact Section about Pelvic Health
To start off the program we sat down with Dr. Jessica Shepherd, Women’s Health Expert to chat about the myths and truths of LBL (Light Bladder Leakage). It was a super welcoming and comfortable environment and it almost felt as if we were having a personal meeting with our GYN.
We also learned about the Poise products and how they are available to help with this very issue. The package even comes with three different sizes so you can adjust to whatever feels good to you personally. The product is super discreet and can make a world of difference for any woman who is having a hard time dealing with this issue.
The Importance of Understanding Pelvic Health for Women
Pelvic health often doesn’t get the attention it deserves, particularly among women. However, being knowledgeable about pelvic health can contribute to overall well-being and quality of life. Understanding your pelvic health can empower you to seek the right treatment if issues arise, and even prevent certain conditions from occurring in the first place.
The Pelvic Floor Muscles: More Than You Think
The pelvic floor is a complex network of muscles that supports your uterus, bladder, and bowel. These muscles are integral for a variety of functions, from urination to sexual health. Weak pelvic floor muscles can lead to issues such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Exercises like Kegels can strengthen these muscles, but it’s advisable to consult a healthcare provider for a tailored exercise regimen.
Importance of Regular Check-Ups
Regular gynecological exams, which often include pelvic exams, are crucial for maintaining pelvic health. These exams can help in early detection of issues like cysts, infections, and even certain cancers. Pap smears and HPV screenings are also part of this preventive care.
The Menstrual Cycle and Pelvic Health
Your menstrual cycle can provide a lot of clues about your pelvic health. Irregular periods, extreme pain, or excessive bleeding can be indicators of conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If you experience irregularities in your menstrual cycle, consult a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment options.
Sexual Health and Its Impact
Issues related to pelvic health can directly impact your sexual well-being. Conditions such as vaginismus, vulvodynia, or low libido may have underlying pelvic causes. Infections like bacterial vaginosis or yeast infections can also affect your pelvic health and should be treated promptly. Open communication with healthcare providers about your sexual history and concerns is essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
Pregnancy and childbirth exert a lot of pressure on the pelvic floor muscles. This can lead to issues such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Postpartum recovery should include pelvic floor exercises, but only as advised by healthcare providers who understand your specific needs and challenges.
Aging and Hormonal Changes
Menopause brings hormonal changes that can affect pelvic health. Reduced estrogen levels can result in vaginal dryness, reduced elasticity, and urinary issues. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one option for alleviating symptoms, but it’s not suitable for everyone. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized recommendations.
Know the Red Flags
Persistent pelvic pain, changes in urination or bowel movements, discomfort during sex, and unexpected bleeding are signs that you should consult a healthcare provider. Early diagnosis can often lead to more effective treatments.
Diet and exercise play an essential role in pelvic health. A balanced diet rich in fiber can help maintain bowel regularity, reducing pressure on the pelvic organs. Activities like heavy lifting or high-impact sports can strain the pelvic floor muscles, so be mindful of your exercise choices.
Brooke Burke’s Pelvic Power Class
I just want to say that I absolutely love Brooke Burke’s style of teaching. She is super calm and encouraging and she makes you feel as if you can complete all the moves.
We started with a bit of cardio, then we got on the floor and really got to work. We did many abs and leg exercises that I have never seen before. This included holding weights in the crux of our legs for leg lifts and so much more. I felt every move deep in my core, and as tough as each move was I was invested in the class because Brooke made me feel as if I could finish the class!
Afterwards we were treated to smoothies and goodies and we were able to chat one on one with Dr. Jessica about all we had learned.
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Did you know all of these facts? What do you do to maintain your pelvic health?
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