Menopause occurs when a woman ceases to have periods and is no longer naturally able to become pregnant. The condition marks the end of your menstrual cycle, and is diagnosed once you've gone 12 months without a menstrual period.
Menopause can cause your pelvic floor muscles to weaken. These muscles are vital for supporting your pelvic organs, which means as they weaken you will be at risk of developing a pelvic floor disorder such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
Weight gain can also have a significant impact on the pelvic floor during menopause. It is common to gain weight during menopause as your metabolism slows, however these added pounds put more stress onto your pelvic floor, weakening it as a result.
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