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“How Hernias Can Cause Pelvic Pain”

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast59 Comments

    This week, our guest writer Dr. Shirin Towfigh will discuss Inguinal Hernia’s and how they may be related to pelvic pain.  Hi all. This is Dr. Shirin Towfigh. I am a Board Certified General Surgeon who specializes exclusively in all things hernia, with specialty in hernias among women and complications related to hernia repair. Inguinal hernias are a …

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A Cock in the Hen House: A look inside the Male Anatomy

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

By Rachel Gelman Recently, a male patient made my jaw drop. It happened during treatment, when he proceeded to inform me that he has always thought his pelvis was an empty space filled with veins. Say what?! A bigger shock was that he believed most of his male friends also thought the same thing and are completely unaware of the …

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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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The Case of Male Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

History Ben is a 32-year-old male whose chief complaints are: right testicle ascension and sometimes associated pain, which started after he began using the hip adductor machine at the gym. His symptoms are worse post ejaculation or with strenuous activity, such as biking or playing tennis and remain for 20 to 30 minutes. He has a history of constipation and …

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Shedding Light on Male Pelvic Pain and Sexual Dysfunction

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast16 Comments

Guest blogger Dr. Jeannette Potts, of Vista Urology and Pelvic Pain Partners, has a great deal of experience treating male pelvic pain. In this post, she sheds some light on sexual dysfunction associated with male pelvic pain. The continued misuse of the generic diagnosis, “prostatitis,” remains a disservice to the vast majority of patients suffering from pelvic and genital pain …

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Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE): Your Questions Answered Part II

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pudendal Neuralgia by Stephanie Prendergast42 Comments

This week’s post is the second half of a Q&A on the controversial diagnosis of pudendal nerve entrapment and the decompression surgery associated with it. For this post, we chatted with two of the leading experts on the topic: Michael Hibner, M.D., a gynecologic surgeon at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark Conway, M.D., a …

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Pudendal Nerve Entrapment (PNE): Your Questions Answered

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast165 Comments

Part III of our “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series  How does PNE (pudendal nerve entrapment) occur? How is it diagnosed? When is a patient a good candidate for the pudendal nerve decompression surgery? When are they not? These are among the questions we asked two of the leading experts on the controversial diagnosis PNE and the decompression surgery associated with it: …

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Stephanie talks to New York Times about Male Pelvic Pain Issue

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

On Sept. 12, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) posted a new rule on its website prohibiting gynecologists from treating men. A few conditions were listed as exceptions; however, pelvic pain was not one of them. So writes the New York Times in an article published Dec. 10 titled “Men with Pelvic Pain find a Path to Treatment …

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The Role of Physical Therapy in Treating Pudendal Neuralgia

In Female Pudendal Neuralgia, Male Pudendal Neuralgia, Post-Surgical Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation by Stephanie Prendergast150 Comments

Part II in the “Demystifying Pudendal Neuralgia” Series After Thanksgiving we will be publishing the third blog in our pudendal neuralgia series that will focus on the pudendal nerve entrapment diagnosis and the decompression surgery that’s associated with it. For this post, we have interviewed the two top surgeons in the country that perform the aforementioned surgery, Dr. Michael Hibner …

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Q&A: What could be Causing my Penile and Perineum Pain?

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer12 Comments

…Should I Continue with Biofeedback and E-stim? …If Kegels are bad, then what are we supposed to do for urine leakage? …Why is yoga making my pelvic pain worse? These are the reader questions we will be answering and in this Q&A blog post. So read on, and if you have any questions of your own, ask away in the …

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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 …