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Pelvic Pain Explained: A Sneak Peak!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast9 Comments

    Earlier this year Liz and I completed our manuscript for our book, Pelvic Pain Explained. Writing it was a challenging process, to say the least. We are hopeful that this book will raise awareness about and help to demystify pelvic pain. By sharing our combined clinical experience we want to help people with pelvic pain and their providers …

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Come Again? An Orgasm Guide

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast6 Comments

  I remember coming of age as a hormonal teen- before the days of google (believe it), hearing whispers about “orgasms”. It was like I went home for summer break with all of my childhood intact and when I came back to school in the fall, my peers were suddenly obsessed. I was bombarded with comments (from both sexes) of …

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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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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 …

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Must-read Nuggets from the 2012 Annual IPPS Meeting

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer1 Comment

This year’s annual International Pelvic Pain Society meeting wrapped up this past Sunday, and our team at PHRC is thrilled to begin sharing all of the exciting and thought-provoking information we took home with us. In the coming weeks we’ll be doing just that right here on our blog. In the meantime, here are a few nuggets from the lineup …

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Pelvic Pain Trigger Points Explained

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast135 Comments

If you have pelvic pain, chances are you have trigger points somewhere within or adjacent to your pelvic floor muscles. Indeed, trigger points are a key factor in many pelvic pain syndromes. For that reason, I’m dedicating this week’s blog post to them. I’ll begin with an overall explanation of what they are. Then, I’ll explore the part they play …

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Male Pelvic Pain: It’s Time to Treat Men Right

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer303 Comments

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 a successful family business, you can find him surfing, hunting, snowboarding, golfing, swimming, or playing basketball. It’s hard to believe that at one time, this guy who has …