St. Mary's Medical Center

Summer 2017

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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2 6 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m | S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 | S P I R I T O F W O M E N SHUTTERSTOCK By Kathleen Hall U.S. Hospital Report L ike other muscles and connective tissue, your pelvic floor can weaken as you age, leading to such unpleasant events as urinary or bowel leakages. The remedy? Use it or lose it, just as with other muscles in your body. Your pelvic floor supports your reproductive organs, bladder and bowels and helps control urination, sexual activity and bowel movements. By not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and performing simple pelvic floor strengthening exercises, you can help keep your pelvic floor in tiptop shape. Increasing pelvic floor problems The incidence of pelvic floor problems such as incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse is on the rise, in large part because the population is aging and women are living longer after menopause, says Dr. Jeffrey Koszczuk, an osteopathic medicine physician at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Easy ways to protect your pelvic f loor

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