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

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  By Stephanie Prendergast   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 between these …

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A Biopsychosocial Approach to Vulvodynia

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  By Malinda Marshall   Throughout my years of practice I’ve treated many women with vulvodynia. I’ve noticed that it’s rare for women to return to 100% solely with physical therapy treatment; even though their musculoskeletal impairments may have returned to normal, some women continue to feel pain. In my experience, it takes a team of practitioners to treat vulvodynia, …

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How Diane beat Vulvodynia

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

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by 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 …

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Jagged Little Pill: Part Two

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Joshua Gonzalez, MD4 Comments

  By Joshua Gonzalez, MD   After reading my last post, Jagged Little Pill, many of you who have had similar suspected OCP-related problems may be thinking there’s no hope.  Trust me, you are not doomed if you’ve ever taken an oral birth control and you have symptoms of vulvodynia.  My goal this week is to reassure you that you’re …

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Jagged Little Pill: How Oral Contraceptives Wreak Havoc on the Female Body

In Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence, Vulvodynia by Joshua Gonzalez, MD7 Comments

    By Joshua Gonzalez, MD   The advent of oral birth control pills in the 1960s was heralded as a huge victory for women’s rights.  Finally, women could take control of their bodies and their fertility.  Since then, oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) have become ubiquitous in reproductive aged women with nearly 10 million women today using The Pill as …

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Female Pelvic Pain Explained: Megan’s Success Story

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

By: Stephanie Prendergast The Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center is excited to announce that Pelvic Pain Explained  was released on January 13th! In honor of the book and the New Year, we are sharing stories from our patients that were kind enough to be interviewed for this book. Last week we spoke about Tommy’s recovery from pelvic pain. When Liz …

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New Classification System for Persistent Vulvar Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

            By Stephanie Prendergast   In a previous blog post  I described my experience while participating in an International Nomenclature Consensus Conference. As you may recall, the motivation for a consensus meeting originated  because there was “an unmet medical need for a comprehensive, evidence-based set of vulvovaginal pain diagnoses that can be easily utilized by …

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What is Vulvodynia? The International Consensus Conference on Vulvodynia Nomenclature

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast19 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast What is Vulvodynia? Is it a symptom, a disease, or a syndrome? What does the term ‘Vuvlodynia’ mean to people with vulvar pain, pelvic pain specialists, medical professionals, and the community in general? In a previous blog post I wrote about how in the pelvic pain world, diagnosis does not dictate treatment. Many pelvic pain diagnoses simply describe the …

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Growing Pains: A Story of Sex, Vaginismus, and Clinically Approved Dildos

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By Jackie M. White This week writer Jackie White, writer, educator, and creator of the website Sexual Healing, shares her colorful story and essay on pelvic pain. Growing Pains: A Story of Sex, Vaginsmus, & Clinically Approved Dildos Not Just Another Blog Post, Folks… Back in September 2014, the North American chapter of World Sexual Health Day announced that my personal …

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Vulvovaginal Disease Update 2014: Must-read Nuggets

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

Last month three of our PTs, Allison, Malinda, and Stacey attended the Vulvovaginal Disease Update 2014. Vulvar dermatoses affects millions in the United States often greatly interfering with a woman’s quality of life. And as pelvic floor PTs, it’s certainly an issue that can overlap with the musculoskeletal impairments that we treat. Therefore, this annual conference, which is hosted by …

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Case Study: PT for a Vulvodynia Diagnosis

In Female Pelvic Pain, Vulvodynia by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer2 Comments

Over the years we’ve treated a wide variety of pelvic floor syndromes at PHRC, and one of the things we’ve learned is that every case is different. Therefore, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. We hope that our new “Case Study” section will help to drive this important reality home. Every couple of months we will …