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Is Your Vagina Healthy? How to Tell Health from Unhealthy
By Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas Here is the situation, you have irritation down there, you go to your doctor, she performs her exam and tests, she swabs you, then you get the call... your cultures came back negative. Here is what your GYN may have missed. Many women experiencing pelvic pain, urinary, and sexual dysfunction often have pelvic floor dysfunction. More often than not, there is another underlying condition that may be driving their pain. If you are experiencing pain with intercourse, or pain in your vulva, your doctor may have diagnosed you with vulvodynia. If you have
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Pelvic Floor Education is Coming to Classrooms
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles “Girls aged 12 to 17 should be taught in school how to do pelvic floor exercises, according to new draft health guidelines.” - BBC News   For the past 21 years my career has been focused on advancing the field of pelvic health. Last week the BBC posted an article that was frankly shocking, as nothing like this has ever happened for our small little field. At first glance it discusses educating all young girls about pelvic floor muscle function, which is a huge win for the field of pelvic
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Pelvic Floor Spasm with Q&A
By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles What is a pelvic floor spasm? It is the presence of contracted, painful muscles on palpation and elevated resting pressures by vaginal manometry. If the contraction is painful, this is usually described as a cramp. Pelvic floor myalgia (a symptom) may be present without a change in pelvic floor muscle tone (a sign).   The term ‘spasm’ when referring to pelvic floor pain is actually a misnomer. (Bear with me here!) Several years ago the International Continence Society and the International Urogynecology Association teamed up to help establish a glossary
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IG Live Q/A: Pudendal Neuralgia + Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
By Elizabeth Akincilar, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Lexington   In May we went live on Instagram with Mark Conway, MD, gynecologist and pelvic surgeon specializing in pelvic neuralgias. We compiled a list of questions from social media to answer during our live about your inquiries about Pudendal Neuralgia. So what is Pudendal Neuralgia? It is a treatable pain condition that consists of stabbing, burning pain in the clitoris, penis, scrotum, perineum, urethra, and anus. The majority of people with pudendal neuralgia have pelvic floor dysfunction, peripheral nerve sensitivity, and dysregulation of the central nervous system.   We discussed: Pudendal neuralgia and
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Why Men Are Given Unnecessary Antibiotics & What to do Instead
By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT and Urology Expert Joshua Gonzalez, MD   Most men who develop the symptoms of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) are given unnecessary courses of antibiotics, at least once. How do we know they were unnecessary? Most of our patients have never been properly tested for a prostate infection. Men with CPPS account for up to 97% of visits to urology offices and these men do NOT have infections, they have pelvic floor dysfunction. This has been published over and over, yet here in 2021 a disappointingly low number of general urologists and primary care physicians understand
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How Pelvic Floor PT Helps Men’s Health & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
By Melinda Fontaine, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Did You Know….   Pelvic floor exercises are equally effective as sildenafil (Viagra) in treating erectile dysfunction. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help incontinence, erectile dysfunction, post void dribbling, overactive bladder, premature ejaculation, and pelvic floor tension myalgia. Erectile dysfunction is associated with twice as much absenteeism, decreases in work productivity, and decreases in health related quality of life compared to people without erectile dysfunction. Young men visit their general practitioner (GP) less frequently than young women and tend to utilize primary healthcare services reluctantly. The prevalence of urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy
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At its heart, Pelvic Pain Explained is the story of how patients develop pelvic pain, the challenges patients and providers face throughout the diagnosis and treatment process, the difficult task of sifting through the different available treatment options, and the impact that an “invisible” condition has on a patient’s life and relationships, and much more.