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Want A Strong Pelvic Floor During Menopause? Press play to learn how

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In this episode of The Pause Pod, I’m chatting with Dr. Melanie Llanes, a pelvic health expert, about the critical role of pelvic floor health during perimenopause and menopause.

Dr. Llanes discusses the “five S’s” of pelvic floor function, the impact of hormonal changes, and common issues like urinary incontinence and pain during intercourse.

She emphasizes the benefits of pelvic floor therapy for all, not just those with symptoms, and the importance of a holistic approach, including lifestyle and exercise.

The conversation also touches on the challenges of seeking treatment, the need for education, and personalized care strategies. 

For more, take a pause. Get cozy, and join us in The Pause Pod. Let’s Perimenopause and Prosper!

In this episode:

00:00:00: Episode Trailer

00:00:48: Intro

00:01:35 Introduction to Dr Melanie Llanes

00:02:30: Becoming a Pelvic Floor Therapist

00:03:31: Understanding the Pelvic Floor

00:04:37: Impact of Menopause on the Pelvic Floor

00:07:56: Candidates for Pelvic Floor Therapy

00:11:18: Early Focus on Pelvic Health

00:13:31: Challenges in Seeking Pelvic Floor Care

00:17:16: Mitigating UTIs and Pelvic Floor Health

00:20:17: Enhancing Pelvic Floor Health

00:24:23: Effective Treatment Options

00:26:21: The role of Pelvic Floor Therapy in Menopause

00:29:59: Sexual Health During Menopause

00:36:38: Empowering Women Through Self-care

00:42:23: Personalized Physical Therapy For Menopause

00:46:22: Advancements in Pelvic Health

00:47:35: Fortifying Sex Lives in the 40s and Beyond

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Additional Resources For Support:

Join The Menopause Lab: A six-week course for people experiencing menopause

Take the Menopause Quiz: Find out if you might be experiencing (peri)menopause

Menopause blog posts: Various posts about the menopausal phase

The symptoms checklist: A checklist with over forty symptoms you can check off

The menopause question list: A list of questions to ask your healthcare partner

The Pause Pod FB private community: Private Facebook Community. Click the link to Join.


I am by no means a medical professional. I am a Licensed and certified Biology/Health teacher/educator and award-winning beauty/wellness founder. Any information shared on this and future podcasts is my point of view or that of the guests. Please consult with your primary care partner for advice and treatments for your health and well-being. Please read the entire disclaimer Here.

I'm a teacher, beauty/wellness founder, and Qigong Instructor. My work exists to support women and people experiencing the menopausal transition on their health and wellness journey. I believe in the sacredness, wholeness, and expansiveness of well-being and the menopausal passage, and I care deeply about teaching and creating experiences and safe spaces that provide support.

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