Elk Grove Chiropractor Dr. Doug Ferguson DC 95758, Rhino Chiropractic

Understanding Why Menopausal Women Are At Risk Of PFDs

Menopause, along with pregnancy and childbirth, has been recognized by medical experts as one of the main reasons for the occurrence of pelvic floor disorders (PFD), particularly stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the most common form of PFD. Over 40 percent of menopausal women have been forecasted to experience SUI, with risk of surgery increasing by 20 percent when these women reach 80 years of age.


Reasons for this occurrence are presented below to allow women to gain an understanding and hopefully help them in addressing these life-altering conditions:


Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles

The pelvic floor muscles also start to weaken and lose mass as one get older, just like the rest of the muscles in the body. After the age of 30, muscle strength deteriorates by five percent every decade, based on finding of different studies. This ageing process is also closely tied with menopause with women experiencing this stage between the ages of 45 and 55 years.


Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may result when the pelvic floor muscles lose strength since it may not be able to support pelvic organs such as the bladder and bowel causing these to descend or drop from their normal positions towards the vaginal wall.


Loss of Elasticity of the Bladder

Similar to the weakening of the muscles, the bladder may also become less elastic as one grows in age. The bladder may be irritated with this loss of elasticity making it difficult to stretch causing the muscles of the bladder to be overactive. This occurrence, together with the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, may result to stress incontinence or frequent urination.


Dryness of Vagina

The association of menopause and the loss of the hormone estrogen has long been established by medical experts. Once the level of estrogen drops, vaginal dryness in the vaginal lining and urethra may be experienced by the woman. Incontinence and other pelvic disorders such as urinary tract infections may be made worse with this vaginal dryness.


Gain in Weight

Even before the onset of menopause, women start to gain weight as they grow older. As women enter the menopausal stage, this weight gain, due to several factors, may become more pronounced.


Any additional weight may tend to put a strain on the pelvic floor muscles which may result to the weakening of these muscles. Once this happens, the muscles may not be able to support the bladder and bowel leading to urinary incontinence.


Although menopause may be considered as an inevitable occurrence in a woman’s life, this does not mean that one has just to live with it. There are many things a woman may do to prevent or manage these conditions without undergoing invasive treatments, as proven by clinical trials. Behavioral and lifestyle changes have been shown to be very effective in addressing these problems, even allowing women to maintain a positive quality of life.


With these conservative measures, it is hoped that a woman suffering from POP or SUI may not have to undergo a surgical procedure for treatment. This option may only put unnecessary risks to women, in light of the controversy surrounding vaginal mesh surgeries. Severe complications associated with these procedures, which have become very common recommendations among doctors, have resulted causing serious injuries to women.


Legal actions such as the filing of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been resorted to by these victims due to the pain and suffering they have experienced. These lawsuits have been moving quite satisfactorily, with the latest news highlighting a court ruling, saying a jury’s verdict to award $2 million in damages as a sound decision.





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