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Vulvodynia Resource List

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by pelv_adminLeave a Comment

May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month and at PHRC we want to do our part to help people better understand pelvic pain syndromes and more importantly, help people suffering with these diagnoses get the help they need to recover. Since knowledge is power, we created 5 videos and blog posts that we hope people find useful. This week, in our …

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Recovered From Pudendal Neuralgia: Sheyoume’s Success Story

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast26 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder Pudendal neuralgia is a syndrome characterized by burning, stabbing pain in the territory of the pudendal nerve, which has a vast distribution in the pelvis. The symptoms can wreak havoc during ordinary daily activities such as sitting, exercising, going to the bathroom, and having sex. Nerves are physiologically different from muscles, therefore they heal differently …

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Muscles Affecting Pelvic Health: It’s Not Just The Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella5 Comments

By: Shannon Pacella, DPT, PHRC Lexington As you may know, us pelvic floor physical therapists tend to talk about the pelvic floor muscles quite a lot. However, we also assess and treat many other muscles surrounding the trunk, pelvis, hips, and thighs, that influence pelvic health and various pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions. If you’d like to learn about pelvic floor …

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5 Tips to Reduce Vulvodynia Symptoms

In Vulvodynia by pelv_admin2 Comments

Vulvodynia can affect up to 25% of women in their lifetime.1 The vulva is the anatomical term for the external genitalia in women that includes the clitoris, labia, mons pubis, and vestibule (vaginal opening).  Vulvodynia has received specific diagnostic terminology as we now know there are various causes and presentations of symptoms that can be considered “vulvodynia”.3  Box 1 contains …

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EVERYTHING Is Connected: What is Visceral Manipulation and How Does it Relate to the Pelvic Floor?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin4 Comments

Remember our earlier post on fascia? Simply put, fascia is a continuous sheath of connective tissues that lines everything in our body – the organs, bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves etc. Healthy fascia is fluid and mobile. It allows everything in the body to slide and glide promoting healthy and balanced movement. Restrictions in fascia can impact the mobility of …

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Managing Life on or after “The Pill”

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Health by Jandra MuellerLeave a Comment

By: Jandra Mueller, DPT, MS, PHRC Encinitas If you are a female reader of our blog, have experienced painful intercourse, and happened to have come to the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center (PHRC) for treatment, then you are probably familiar with our talk about how systemic birth control like oral contraceptives (OCPs) or “The Pill,” may be the underlying culprit. …

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Mindfulness Meditation: Is it actually effective for treating chronic pain?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Elizabeth Akincilar Mindfulness meditation. Even if you’re not exactly sure what it is, I’m going to bet you’ve heard of it. It has gotten a lot of attention recently. It’s everywhere. It’s not like the mediation of 20 years ago. Back then meditation was considered “alternative” or  “fringe” that few people practiced, especially in western countries. Now, mindfulness has …

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Sex Therapy and CBT for Pain with Sex

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In 2012, The Journal of Sexual Medicine published an article, What we don’t talk about when we don’t talk about sex: results of a national survey of U.S. obstetrician/gynecologists. The results from the survey revealed that though Ob/gyns routinely (63%) assess their patients’ sexual activities, only 40% of them ask their female patients about sexual problems. Sexual problems may include …

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: what everyone needs to know

In Female Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin2 Comments

  Do you know what the most common cause of female infertility is? Polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS. It is estimated that 15-20% of women will be diagnosed with PCOS at some point in their lives.1 It is the most common endocrine (hormone) disorder for women of reproductive age.2 Approximately 90-95% of women with anovulation (not ovulating) who attend …

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Your Vagina Is Cleaner Than You Think

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By: Sigourney Cross   I love taking bubble baths. I use my scented body wash and a loofah down there. Sometimes I wipe so hard I bleed a little bit. I always use scented wet wipes to stay fresh. I wear thongs under my yoga pants. I use a daily scented panty liner just in case I have discharge or urine …

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Why Your Period Makes You Poop!

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  Ladies, have you ever felt bloated or backed up the week before your menstrual cycle? What about noticing diarrhea at the start of your menstrual cycle? I know I have. If you’ve been or are pregnant, have you noticed major changes in your digestive system and bathroom behaviors? Below I explore the connection between hormones and changes in your bowel …

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Good Vibes Coming At You

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May is a great month. Summer is starting to creep in, which in San Francisco means more fog, but if you are a sex nerd like me then you know that May is Masturbation Month. An entire month dedicated to self-love and pleasure. In a prior post, I talked about masturbation in general, including the benefits and a basic “how …

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Vulvodynia, Vestibulodynia, and Vaginismus: what’s the difference and why does it matter?

In Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

  By Stephanie Prendergast, PHRC Cofounder   As many as 28% of women experience painful sex at some point during their reproductive years and that sucks. Knowledge is power and May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month so we want to provide women with useful information about the three most common diagnoses associated with painful sex: vulvodynia, vaginismus, and vesitbulodynia. Differentiating …

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Got Water?

In Female Pelvic Pain by pelv_admin3 Comments

Other than pelvic health and sex, my favorite conversation topic is cats water! Yes, good old H-2-O! You may recall a post I did a while back that discussed how diet can play a role in pelvic health. I talked about the importance of water intake, but patients still ask me questions about this topic. A majority of people report …

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Vaginismus: Real Answers for Sexual Pain

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  Vag·i·nis·mus /ˌvajəˈnizməs/   Noun noun: vaginismus painful spasmodic contraction of the vagina in response to physical contact or pressure (especially in sexual intercourse).   What is vaginismus?   Above is the definition that comes up when you google vaginismus. You may have seen blogs or posts on social media about vaginismus or painful sex or may have experienced it …

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You are invited to Becoming UnWOUND: A Conversation about Female Sexual Health & Pelvic Pain with Screening of Animated Short Film“Tightly Wound”

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  By Stephanie Prendergast   The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center, Femina Physical Therapy, and the Milli, the first  Expandable Dilator, are teaming up to bring Shelby Hadden and her animated short film about vaginismus, Tightly Wound, to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 19th! Many of you may know of Shelby and her past struggles with pelvic pain. Her journey …

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The Blunt Truth About Medicinal Marijuana and Pelvic Pain: Part 2

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Shannon Pacella2 Comments

  By Shannon Pacella   First things first: if you haven’t already read the Part 1 to this post, please do so by clicking here!   There are a few updates since my first post regarding laws and legislature for marijuana (cannabis) use throughout the United States. Currently, 29 states plus Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of medicinal marijuana, …

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The Connection Between SIBO and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome (and How to Relieve Both)

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  By Guest Blogger Jessica Drummond MPT, CCN, CHC   One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap. For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015). Thus, there is …

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The Most Proven IC Treatment: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Male Interstitial Cystitis / Nonbacterial Chronic Prostatitis / Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  By Guest Blogger Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS and author of The Interstitial Cystitis Solution   Pelvic floor physical therapy is the most proven treatment for interstitial cystitis. It’s the only therapy given an evidence grade of ‘A’ by the American Urological Association and recommended in the first line of medical treatment. But patients often wonder how does treating …

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The Twisted Trunk: Implications for Abdominal and Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain by Sigourney Cross4 Comments

  By Sigourney Cross   While attending the 3rd World Congress of Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Conference last October in Washington, DC, I had the pleasure of listening to the lecture of Dr. Diane Lee, BSR, FCAMPT, CGIMS. Dr. Lee discussed the impact that altered pelvic biomechanics and non-optimal function in the abdominal wall and pelvic floor have on pelvic …