Pelvic health has gone from a taboo topic to a more widely accepted and marketed category of healthcare. The healthcare industry is so happy that there has been this mindset shift in the world, however it still is not as publicly recognized as needed. For example(s) it’s still not a standard of healthcare for women to be referred to pelvic floor rehabilitation when:
All of these sad circumstances can be improved through pelvic floor rehabilitation! Pelvic floor physical therapy can offer so many pain relieving techniques and education for women to help heal as best possible after any of those events.
So that being said, when does pelvic floor health become relevant in a women’s lifetime? I would argue to say that childhood is when pelvic floor health becomes relevant. There are bladder habits that form early or, or occasionally some pelvic floor dysfunctions can also occur which may require the help of a pediatric PFPT.
Puberty would be another time frame that is important for pelvic health and sexual education (especially in today’s era). There are so many changes that occur physically and physiologically in the body – that young girls get really confused on what’s happening to them. There is a lot of confusion on general period education out there in the world.
Belle is also hopefully going to be launching a period education course soon that will be appropriate for moms to watch with their teenage girls to help bridge this gap in difficult topics to talk about.
Once girls get past puberty & periods, then we enter the phase of life where pregnancy & postpartum are our primary pelvic health concerns. Of course you can imagine why pelvic health is so important during pregnancy… Vaginal childbirth, and the stress the pelvic floor endures towards the end of pregnancy are all large flags that are waving: “Hey! Take care of your pelvic floor please!! It’s really stressed out!”
Then in postpartum, there is a high statistically likelihood that women will still suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. So of course during this time of a woman’s life – pelvic health is extremely relevant!
Then of course, once women reach the middle age period, there is menopause. The grand exit of our menstrual cycles (thank goodness) presents new opportunities for vast changing in hormones, vulvar tissue, vaginal dryness or pain.
So just to recap some major points in a woman’s lifetime when pelvic health should be extremely relevant:
Now that I think you have a good understanding of life events that make pelvic health relevant, how can you help take care of yourself during each of these times?
First, stay up to date by following @BelleTherapy on Instagram, BelleTherapyWellness on Facebook, and please go join our private pregnancy and postpartum support by Belle on facebook HERE! We want to give you free, easy to digest content on all things pelvic floor health & education!
Secondly, stay tuned for pelvic health courses over pregnancy health, postpartum recovery, and period education! Our goal to provide you with accessible knowledge on pelvic health, specifically targeted for women’s health.
Thirdly, if you feel like you suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction or have any questions about pain or problems that you are facing… Please reach out! I would absolutely love to be of assistance to you and help get you the care you deserve! Please go to the Contact Page and submit your questions, and I will get back to you within 24 hours during the work week.
Happy Monday my friends, and stay tuned for more next week!