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Sit yo’ a** down! The importance of sitting on the toilet

In Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast10 Comments

        Sitting on the toilet!! Actually sitting, skin to porcelain. No more hovering! Even in public restrooms. I know, it’s going to be a tough paradigm shift since this issue is ubiquitous; one study, done in the UK, surveyed 528 women at a gynecology clinic and found that 85% reported that they crouched over public toilets while …

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Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: the proverbial ring of fire

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are considered to be the most common bacterial infection in humans, costing the US health care system about $1.6 billion dollars per year.  These infections plague millions of people at some point or another throughout the lifetime. In fact, some research suggests that a female’s lifetime risk of getting one is as high as 1 in …

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Pelvic Pain: Why a “Diagnosis” isn’t the Key to Recovery

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast46 Comments

  When symptoms of pelvic pain strike, it’s natural to want to know: What’s my diagnosis? Every patient just beginning his/her journey to recovery from pelvic pain grapples with this question. But more often than not the quest to get that diagnosis leads to frustration and disappointment. On top of that, it can actually cause roadblocks to getting on the …

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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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Q&A: Painful Sex, the Bladder-Back Pain Connection, Male Pelvic Pain and More

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer2 Comments

In this, our latest Q&A post, we tackle some important pelvic floor issues, including painful sex, the connection between bladder and back pain and the proper PT for someone with prolapse and pain. Prolapse + Pelvic Pain = What kind of PT? Dear Liz, I get e-stim done, but I have both prolapse and pelvic pain/trigger points. What is the …