Press Archives | Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center

How to Rethink Intimacy When ‘Regular’ Sex Hurts

by Breena Kerr

When sex hurts, women often feel alone—but they’re not. About 30 percent of women report pain during vaginal intercourse, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which surveyed a subsample of 1,738 women and men ages 18 and older online.

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Can Your Vagina Actually Become “Depressed”? What the Science Really Says

by Brooke Nelson

Antidepressants can ease the condition known as vulvodynia. Hence the idea of a “depressed” vagina. Burning, stinging, and soreness—oh my! If the symptoms are prolonged (and you know that it’s not a sexually transmitted infection), you might be dealing with a painful condition known as vulvodynia. Research estimates that it affects at least one in four women at some point in their lives.

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EXPERT: How to Avoid Pain During Postpartum Sex

by Dr. Rachel Gelman

The moral of the story is that having a baby is tough. If you are struggling to get your groove back, are having pain with sex or are experiencing sexual dysfunction, just know that you are not alone and there are providers ready and waiting to help you.

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Why Do I Pee When I Sneeze After Giving Birth? You’re Not Alone

by Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Romper spoke with Stephanie Prendergast, MPT and co-founder of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center, who explains that though statistics vary, "roughly 50 to 80 percent of women experience postpartum urinary leakage."

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The Scary Truth About Childbirth

by Kiera Butler

Having a baby left you with a horrible, debilitating, embarrassing injury? You’re not alone.

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Why every new mom needs physical therapy

by Julie Revelant

After she gave birth to her son, Valerie Orsoni knew what to expect: a prescription from her doctor for 12 sessions of physical therapy to rehabilitate her pelvic floor muscles.

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Millions of Women Are Injured During Childbirth. Why Aren’t Doctors Diagnosing Them?

by Laura Beil

According to a recent spate of studies, a disturbing number of women quietly endure incontinence, painful sex, back aches, and crippling pelvic pain for years after giving birth because of undiagnosed and untreated childbirth injuries.

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What Puts The Waddle In The Walk Of Moms-To-Be?


There is no fighting the pregnant waddle, but there's still more to learn. Researchers are studying how the altered gait affects women's lives.

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Time to Treat Men Right

by Elizabeth Rummer and Stephanie Prendergast

Tony is one of those people who seem superhuman. In his early 30s, he’s lean and athletic. When he isn’t chasing after one of his three young children or helping to run the family business, he’s surfing, hunting, snowboarding, golfing, swimming, or playing basketball

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Key Reasons We Can’t Ignore the Pelvic Floor

by Whitney Hetzel

Pelvic floor health is crucial. As a mother of nine and an exercise enthusiast, I realize that probably one of the most important things that I can do is to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles. For women especially, the pelvic floor should always be thought of as key to the core muscles. While it is far too under-emphasized, it has gained attention since our mothers were giving birth. For that we should be grateful!

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Biz Journal – People on the Move

by Stephanie Prendergast

For the first time in its eighteen year history, the International Pelvic Pain Society has elected a physical therapist to serve as its president. San Francisco-based PT, Stephanie Prendergast, will serve as the organization’s president for the duration of 2013.

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Pelvic Trust

by Mark Cantrell

When a patient presents with pain in the groin, a number of diagnoses may spring to mind. In women, it might be vulvodynia or interstitial cystitis. In men, prostatodynia, nonbacterial prostatitis or orchialgia might be suspected. In many cases, the actual cause is pudendal neuralgia, a condition that many patients suffer with for years because of its relative rarity.

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Baby Boomers Drive Pelvic Health Rise

by David Goll

Pelvic health is emerging from the health care closet to become a prominent 21st-century medical specialty field. Like many health care trends today, its emergence is being led primarily by older women, including those at the leading edge of baby boom generation.

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