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How Diane beat Vulvodynia

In Vulvodyniaby Erika Toronto1 Comment

  By Diane   I suffered with pelvic pain for years. I want to share my story, so others won’t have to suffer needlessly.   It started in February 2009 when I tried having sex with my boyfriend. Intercourse was extremely painful, and each time, my perineum tore a bit. I’d be sore for days afterward. Eventually I’d heal, but …

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Solving Female Sexual Dysfunction

In Female Pelvic Painby Kristin Leli2 Comments

  By: Dr. Lisa Valle   What if the cure for adding more luster to your life is a fulfilling, sex life?  But what happens when a woman feels distress about her sex life? Or she experiences sexual pain? Is there anything that she can do about it?   The answer is an emphatic yes!     There is an …

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Tips for Coping With Persistent Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Erika Toronto2 Comments

  By Jessica Newman, LMHC   Living with persistent pelvic pain is, by definition, painful physically. What can be hard to talk about (especially for folks with pelvic pain) is just how emotionally distressing the pain is. And because the mind and body are a functional whole (think: a Mobius strip) emotional distress can trigger or amplify physical pain and …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part Deux

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby pelv_admin3 Comments

  By Admin   “Share the load” – Samwise Gamgee “It’s all about the base ” – Meghan Trainor “Drop it like it’s hot” – Snoop Dogg   Some different quotes from last time, but after reading today’s post you’ll understand how Samwise, Ms. Trainor and Dr. Dogg are all talking about posture and the pelvis, and they didn’t even know …

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Foul! What the Media Got Wrong about Women’s Health!

In Female Pelvic Painby Rachel GelmanLeave a Comment

By Rachel Gelman   Over the last year, the media has come under increasing scrutiny: visit almost any website, and you’ll see that the terms “fake news” and “alternative facts” have taken over the headlines and the comments section. Now, I love the people who produce  pieces that aim to educate the community, especially when the subject is women’s health …

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Reducing perineal trauma during labor and delivery

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Healthby Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Who doesn’t love a crowning baby cake? If our image didn’t catch your eye the title of this post probably did if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Last week we presented a pelvic health quiz about the role of the pelvic floor muscles play in childbirth. This week we share the answers …

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Brace yourselves: protecting your pelvic floor during CrossFit and loaded exercise

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pelvic Painby pelv_admin2 Comments

  If you are a male and either currently participate in CrossFit workouts or another form of Olympic weightlifting, and have developed one or more of these symptoms: perineum pain with sitting, lower abdominal pain with intense activity or ejaculation, testicular pain that radiates to the abdomen or the vice versa, and urinary hesitancy with urgency and frequency, this blog …

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Posture and the Pelvis: Part One

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinenceby pelv_admin1 Comment

  By Admin “In all nature structure determines function” – William Herbert Sheldon, father of somatotyping “Form and function are a unity, two sides of a coin” – Ida P. Rolf, biochemist and fascial genius “Conjunction junction, what’s your function?” – Schoolhouse Rock, how us 30+s learnt grammar   Structure and function are intricately connected. Our posture is the structure …

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I insist! My pelvic pain is my Tarlov cyst!!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer14 Comments

By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   For the average person, the words Tarlov cyst mean absolutely nothing. For the average medical professional, they mean little to nothing. So why are we devoting an entire blog post to these cysts that no one seems to care about? Full disclosure, personally, I was curious what the literature had to offer on Tarlov cysts since …

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The Female Prostate: Fact or Fiction?

In Female Pelvic Painby Stephanie Prendergast3 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Do women have a prostate? Where is the female prostate and what does it do? I have been a pelvic floor physical therapist for 17 years and, until recently,  had never heard of such a structure.   Last month, Dr. Irwin Goldstein, urologist, sexual medicine enthusiast, and International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual …

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE GUT: Could Endometriosis be the culprit behind your Constipation or Bloating?

In Endometriosisby Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Iris Kerin Orbuch, MD   Did you know that Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are as common as gynecological symptoms in women with endometriosis? Do you suffer from bloating and/or constipation? Endometriosis may be the cause of your bloating and/or constipation. Over 90% of women diagnosed with endometriosis actually present with GI symptoms as their initial symptoms. Before we delve into why …

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Period Drama: Endometriosis Diagnosis and Treatment

In Endometriosisby Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Severe menstrual pain is not normal. If you experience severe pain during your period it is possible you are suffering from an underdiagnosed disease called Endometriosis.   Endometrial tissue lines the uterus. In response to hormonal influences, the endometrium of a healthy uterus thickens and then sheds through the cervix, through the vagina and out …

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Sitting on painful fascia: connective tissue and pelvic pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitationby Kristin Leli4 Comments

    By: Admin   If you’ve recently been to your physical therapist, massage therapist, personal trainer, or body worker and heard the words “fascia” and “manipulation” in the same sentence, you are not alone. Fascia has become quite the buzzword for treating everything from chronic neck pain, ACL repair surgery, plantar fasciitis, and yes—even pelvic floor dysfunction. But what …

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Pelvic floor physical therapy for vulvodynia: a clinician’s guide

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodyniaby Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Recently I was asked to write an article about pelvic floor physical therapy for the treatment of vulvodynia, which will be published later this year as a tool for gynecologists. Since our blog readers are a combination of clinicians and people with pelvic pain I figured I would share it here too. Warning: it is …

Contracture: Can it occur in the pelvic floor?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Painby Erika Toronto2 Comments

By Rhonda Kotarinos, PT, DPT In this week’s post, guest author and pelvic floor expert Rhonda Kotarinos shares a controversy from the 2016 International Pelvic Pain Society conference. In October I had the privilege of presenting at the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting. During one of the presentations, a discussion ensued regarding the term contracture. The discussion was centered on …