Menopause is a normal part of aging. However there are a number of ‘symptoms’ that can be problematic to women. Knowing what to do is important to ensure a healthy active ageing.
By Physio Danae
The average Australian woman goes through menopause around 51 years of age, but research tells us that symptoms can creep in five to ten years prior. This period is referred to as peri-menopause and can present differently from woman to woman. We’ve all come to expect the hot flushes and night sweats during menopause, but what about the rushing to the toilet? The constipation and uncomfortable bloating? Maybe even those instances of leakage when we couldn’t control?
Have you ever laughed so hard you pee yourself?🤭 Perhaps you’ve been running down a single track trail and noticed each step squirts out a bit of wee 🙄. Maybe you’ve taken off for a hard sprint start during a game only to realise you’ve forced out a wet patch on your shorts 😧.
Studies have shown that about 1 in 4 women over the age of 50 suffer from pain on the outside of the hip and that this is particularly true for active women – hands up runners and walkers if this has been you at some stage.
There are so many different stages of a woman’s life and each provides it’s own unique physical challenges. A physiotherapist who is expert in these stages can make the world of difference.
So what are the facts about the impact of peri menopausal health on running?What do you need to mindful of when running through menopause?