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Method to the Madness? Get to Know the Different Types of IUDs

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By Admin   In my last blog, One and Done: The IUD and the Future of Birth Control, I talked about how the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) are recommending long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) as their preferred contraceptive option. The two main forms discussed were the implant and the IUD. In part one I mentioned that although …

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One and Done: The IUD and the Future of Birth Control

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin2 Comments

By Admin   Are you currently on birth control? Have you used birth control in the past? These are common questions I ask when doing an evaluation of a female patient who is experiencing painful intercourse, also known as dyspareunia. Most women I see are currently, or have been in the past, on some form of birth control. Typically they …

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Why All Postpartum Women Need Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast5 Comments

Image permission via Cosmopolitan   By Stephanie Prendergast   The Facts 21% of women undergoing vaginal delivery had levator ani avulsion1 29% of women undergoing vaginal deliveries had pubic bone fractures2  60% of postpartum women reported Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)3 64.3% of women reported sexual dysfunction in the first year following childbirth4 77% of women had low back pain that …

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Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery with Vulvovaginal Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Melinda Fontaine1 Comment

By Melinda Fontaine   Julia called me yesterday to ask some questions about pelvic pain and pregnancy.  She was 38 weeks pregnant and getting ready to give birth. She had a history of some pain with intercourse prior to getting pregnant and was surprised to feel some vaginal pain at her last OB appointment as well. Julia wanted to know …

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Postpartum Pelvic Pain: Be Like Sarah and Get PT 1st

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By Malinda Wright   In mid-April, Fox News Health wrote an article on why postpartum moms need physical therapy.  (To see the article click here.)  As pointed out in the article, France, Netherlands, and Australia automatically provide postpartum moms with 6-12 pelvic physical therapy treatments. Meanwhile, here in the US postpartum moms are rarely told by their OB/GYNs to attend …

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Understanding Breech Babies

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  This week, our guest writer and award winning prenatal chiropractor Dr. Elliot Berlin, takes us through a hot button topic: breeched babies. By Elliot Berlin | DC   Early in pregnancy, your baby has plenty of room to move, as you’re probably well aware. My patients often share that it’s not unusual for them to feel a sharp elbow jabbing …

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Coached Pushing vs. Maternal Pushing

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

By Malinda Wright Last winter a patient of mine, who we’ll call Sarah, shared her birth story with me. She was in the hospital laboring with her first child and everything was progressing as planned. Sarah started to develop strong urges to push and instinctively started to bear-down. The nurse in the room noticed what she was doing and told …

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A Balm for Belly Blues: Maya Abdominal Massage & Gynecological Health

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

This week, our guest blogger Bria Larson, MS, LAc, FABORM  will discuss The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. By Bria Larson The abdomen and pelvis are the source of our creativity and nourishment.  They are also vulnerable to injury from physical and emotional trauma, disease and dietary stressors.  Based on the healing traditions of the Maya, as taught by Dr. …

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The Ultimate Solution To Help Mothers Reconnect With Their Bodies And Rebuild Post-Baby Foundations

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

By Wendy Powell, Postpartum Exercise Expert, Founder + CEO of MuTu System   This information relates to every woman who is having, has had, or will ever have a baby, who wants to regain full use and look of her beautiful pre-baby body (who doesn’t?). Whether she has just had a baby, has teenage children, or if she is about to give …

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Behind the Scenes: A Glimpse of PHRC

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast10 Comments

Next week, the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center will turn NINE. In 2006, Liz and I wanted to be more involved in the field  than our current work situation permitted. So, we quit our jobs, hoped we could pay our mortgages and started the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. We wanted to provide the highest quality of care to our patients, …

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Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner! Proper Body Mechanics for Parents

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  By  Melinda Fontaine, DPT Having a baby is like running a marathon with your pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles. Did you know that: 65% of women who had low back or pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy reported persitent symptoms 14 months after delivery1 20 -70 % of new moms experience stress urinary incontinence 2 24% of women still experience …

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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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How to Fix a Diastasis Recti

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast162 Comments

By Malinda Wright 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 …

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Pelvic Health Blog Roundup: CrossFit Controversy and More!

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

Our favorite health bloggers have been busy in the past couple of months! For one thing, they swooped in and completely set the facts straight after a viral video endorsed the infuriating message that it was “okay to pee during workouts”. (See how the controversy unfolded below.) On top of all of that, our blog buddies offered up a slew …

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Q&A: Kegel Confusion, Penile Pain, Pregnancy after PN, and More

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer11 Comments

In today’s Q&A post, we tackle some important pelvic floor issues, including whether Kegels are appropriate to do in preparation for childbirth; penile pain, and pregnancy after PN. Should I do Kegels to Prep for Childbirth? Dear Marcy, I’m 23 weeks pregnant and have been told that Kegels are absolutely beneficial. Plus, I read on Web MD that “Kegel exercises …

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PT TV: Stephanie Talks Pelvic Floor Rehab for New Moms {VIDEO}

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“It’s not uncommon for new moms to have problems following labor and delivery. It may feel different when they try to urinate; they may have difficulty with bowel movements; changes may occur in their sexual behavior, and about 35 percent of them will experience pelvic pain.” With this information, Stephanie kicked off the latest episode of PT TV, a series …