As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
Yes! You Are a Role Model
If you’re like me, you might sometimes wonder if your family is paying attention to all the little things you do every day that make their lives healthier and happier.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t receive applause or accolades on a regular basis for the healthy routines that we’ve established in our own families. Just stop, and consider for a moment how much of what you do every day impacts your family. And, though most of us are too humble to acknowledge this, most moms are doing a great job! So go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
When you eat salad and vegetables at dinner, your family is more likely to make the same choices. When you make time to exercise regularly, your family is more likely to also. Even walking the dog. Any routine that your family witnesses regularly gets ingrained as habits. Yes! You are a role model for your children and for the rest of your family.
If you think you’re the only one running out to buy more pads for leaking urine, whether it’s occasional or all the time, fear not, about 50%, that’s right half of women over 50 have some leaking!
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If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry, there’s hope and it may be simpler than you think.
Many women are understandably hesitant to discuss this issue with anyone, not even their girlfriends. Leaking is the ultimate taboo topic in menopause. Study after study shows that most women will not bring up this sensitive issue because they feel uncomfortable, they sense discomfort in their health care providers, and they don’t think there are any decent treatment options. Many women would rather talk about their weight than talk about leaking urine. And we all know how uncomfortable it is to talk about weight.
Not so with my friend and colleague, Dr. Sari Levine, who is passionate about helping women regain their quality of life and says, “A woman should be able to run across the street without leaking. And as doctor, I believe, If there’s something we can do, then we should! Wearing thicker pads shouldn’t be the first option.”
Dr. Levine starts by diagnosing the underlying problem and then when appropriate, steering women toward pelvic floor physical therapy (PT). As she says, “Almost every woman who leaks will benefit form pelvic floor PT.” Women who use Pelvic Floor PT can strengthen their muscles and often will be drier within weeks. For women who ultimately need to consider surgery, the Pelvic Floor PT improves their recovery time and ability to heal.
I’ve been recommending Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for years and wrote about in my book, The Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause. Like Dr. Levine, I send my patients to El Camino Hospital’s Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy program. You can learn more here.
Do talk to your health care provider
No matter where you live, there are women’s health specialists and Pelvic floor physical therapists who can help. Do talk to your health care provider about the options and treatments available to you.
Disclosure: I’m working with El Camino Hospital to get the word out about new options and treatments for a variety of conditions so that people can get the information they need to make the best choices for their health or for someone they love.