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When should Men do Kegels?

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast When should men do Kegels? As pelvic floor PTs who treat men, this is a question we often address in our clinics. Recently, the question of men and Kegels has hit the mainstream with both the New York Times  and Dr. Oz tackling the topic, among others. So I thought it a perfect time to address …

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Pelvic Pain and Sex: Not Great Bedfellows

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast17 Comments

By Liz Rummer Akincilar Chronic pain can put a damper on anyone’s sex life no matter the location of the pain, but pelvic pain impacts a patient’s sex life on another level. The reason for this is that the pelvic floor plays a major role in sexual functioning. For instance, if you have vulvar burning or post-ejaculatory pain, you’ll understandably …

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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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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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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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The Case of Female Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast12 Comments

This week’s post is a case study of a female pelvic pain patient. Before I get into the specifics of the case, let’s first take a look at female pelvic pain by the numbers: 10% of all visits to gynecologists are due to chronic pelvic pain. 25% of women will experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives. …

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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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The Case of PT for Urge Incontinence

In Stress Urinary Incontinence by pelv_admin10 Comments

At our weekly staff meetings at PHRC, us PTs take turns presenting patient case studies to our colleagues. Our M.O. in presenting these case studies is to cover each of the patient demographics we see here at the clinic: female pelvic pain; male pelvic pain, postpartum and pregnancy issues; and incontinence and prolapse. (Obviously, there is some overlap, especially with …

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Why Kegels are Bad for your Tight Pelvic Floor

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Elizabeth Akincilar114 Comments

Note to Readers: Yesterday we posted a blog summarizing an article titled “Stop Doing Kegels: Real Pelvic Floor Advice for Women (and Men)” written by Nicole Crawford and published on BreakingMuscle.com. There was some confusion that resulted from the post about when kegels are and are not appropriate. The article advises that women (and men) should never do kegels. I …

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Q&A: Pelvic Floor Drops, Weak and Tight Muscles, Tilted Pelvis and More

In Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie and Liz Prendergast and Rummer93 Comments

Since launching the blog, we have received many questions from readers. In this post, we’re going to tackle a handful of them. If you have a question of your own, please take the opportunity to post it in the “comments” section of this blog. Stop UTIs from Impeding PT Progress Dear Stephanie and Liz, I have PFD and am currently …