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Should I give Acupuncture a Try?

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast29 Comments

  By Guest Blogger Michael Yang If you haven’t tried acupuncture/dry needling for your pain, you may be missing out on a safe and often effective treatment. In this blog post, guest blogger, acupuncturist Michael Yang, answers some common questions about this alternative treatment approach to pelvic pain. Take it away Michael! Where’d this whole needling thing start anyhow? Well, …

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Pelvic Floor-Friendly Exercise, Diet Advice for the New Year

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast14 Comments

Like so many of you, my new year’s resolutions include exercising more and eating healthy. As I embarked on my plan for doing both, I got to wondering where my pelvic floor health fell into the mix. “Shouldn’t my exercise plan take my pelvic floor issues into consideration?” I wondered. I certainly didn’t want to start a fitness routine that would …

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Should I go Gluten Free?

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By Guest Blogger Marie Feldman The gluten-free (GF) diet is a hot topic these days. Some embrace it as one of the hot new fad diets to lose weight or to follow in the footsteps of popular celebrities. But for others, namely those with Celiac disease (a condition that affects about 1% of Americans), it’s an absolute medical necessity and …

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How your Vagina is supposed to Smell

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast20 Comments

Fish taco. Crotch mackerel. Cod canal. Tuna town. With these common snipes at the vagina, is it any wonder that women worry about how they smell! Not to mention that every single drugstore across the land houses shelves full of “feminine hygiene” products euphemistically pointing out that a woman’s natural state is being smelly. Sadly, many women buy into the …

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The Case of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

  Patient History Elena is a 35-year-old female who was referred to pelvic floor physical therapy by her ob/gyn with a diagnosis of prolapse. (Want more information on a prolapse diagnosis? Check out a detailed blog post on the topic here.) Elena’s chief complaints stem from giving birth to her first child via vaginal delivery six months prior to her …

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2014 IPPS Conference Must-Read Nuggets: Part II

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

Last week we brought you our first round of “must-read” nuggets from the 2014 IPPS Conference in Chicago, this week we’re offering up the second round. Allison heard Andrew Goldstein, M.D. discuss The Role of Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and Vulvodynia. Dr. Goldstein argues that the use of birth control pills could be linked to the genesis of female pelvic pain. …

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2014 IPPS Conference Must-Read Nuggets: Part I

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast11 Comments

Last week our staff attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) in Chicago. During its nearly 20-year existence the IPPS has been a major driver of the progress made in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain. And what makes the Annual Meeting of the organization so exciting is that it provides an opportunity for our …

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Roundup: What Top Pelvic Health Bloggers are Talking About

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

A gyno’s ad for Viagra; lessons about life with pelvic pain; overcoming treatment roadblocks; and “vagina therapy”: these are among the blog posts that some of our favorite pelvic health bloggers have posted in the past few weeks. In this blog we offer a roundup of these and other noteworthy posts for your reading pleasure. Here’s what happens when a …

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Can Essential Oils Help my Pelvic Pain?

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

By Guest Blogger: Liz Palmer Pelvic floor discomfort is literally a pain in the ass. The journey from disease to health can be long and frustrating, especially in a culture where doctors shrug their shoulders at pelvic pain. Taking advantage of holistic modalities can make the pilgrimage to health a less arduous one. One such method is essential oils—highly concentrated …

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Taking a Closer Look at Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast7 Comments

One of the jobs of the pelvic floor in women is to support the organs of the pelvis. But for a variety of reasons the muscle and fascia that offer that support can weaken, and when it does these organs can descend into the vagina causing a myriad of symptoms. This condition is known as “pelvic organ prolapse” or “POP” …

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PGAD: Separating Fact from Fiction

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast92 Comments

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder or PGAD is a condition that’s been sensationalized in the media for years with headlines like “Nurse has 100 Orgasms a Day.” Back in 2012, a few news organizations did cover the condition in a more thoughtful manner after a woman suffering from PGAD committed suicide. But since then the media has resorted to its old …

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Sexual Pain Part II: A Look at the Emotional Side of Things

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In part one of our blog on sexual pain, we covered many of the physiological issues surrounding sexual pain, in this follow up post, we’re taking a closer look at the emotional side of the things. So what are some of the emotional issues that those with sexual pain face? To answer this question we turned to two experts in the …

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Five Steps to Overcoming Anxiety Around Intercourse

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

  By Guest Blogger: Lorraine Faehndrich “How will I ever be able to have intercourse?” If you’ve struggled with pelvic pain it’s likely that this question is very familiar to you. (Unless of course you’ve been pushing all thoughts of sex and intimacy out of your mind since your symptoms began.) The idea of intercourse or any type of penetration …

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How Hypnotherapy Helped My Pelvic Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By Guest Blogger: Liz Palmer For those of us who suffer from pelvic pain, it can be an impossibly frustrating journey. First, it can take years to seek help. Let’s be honest, it’s incredibly awkward to tell your doctor that your vagina hurts so bad you cry during sex, or that you can’t maintain an erection because of the searing …

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How to Fix a Diastasis Recti

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin164 Comments

Most women seem to accept that pregnancy/childbirth changes their bodies. But, what many don’t realize is that some of these changes can be fixed. One of those “fixable” changes includes a diastasis recti (DR) (translation: the separation of the abdominal muscles), which occurs due to pregnancy. In this post, I’m going to give you a complete overview of diastasis recti, …

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Pelvic Pain and Sex: Not Great Bedfellows

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast17 Comments

By Liz Rummer Akincilar Chronic pain can put a damper on anyone’s sex life no matter the location of the pain, but pelvic pain impacts a patient’s sex life on another level. The reason for this is that the pelvic floor plays a major role in sexual functioning. For instance, if you have vulvar burning or post-ejaculatory pain, you’ll understandably …

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Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Cause Vulvodynia?

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

by Guest Bloggers: Dr. Andrew T. Goldstein, Dr. Jill Krapf, Zoe Belkin The debate about the role of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) in vulvodynia has been underway for almost two decades. More than a dozen different research articles have been written on the topic, both supporting and refuting the association. In this article we will examine this very important issue. …

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Pelvic Messenger: Blog Radio Show Tackles Pelvic Pain

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

In today’s blog post we wanted to turn the spotlight on The Pelvic Messenger, a blog talk radio show that for the past few years has been tackling many of the tough issues surrounding pelvic pain. The bimonthly show is devoted to improving patient and healthcare providers’ knowledge of pelvic pain. The Pelvic Messenger was founded by Elisabeth Oas, a …