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Gwyneth’s Goop and the Pelvic Floor: What They Missed

In Female Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome, Female Pelvic Pain, Stress Urinary Incontinence by Stephanie Prendergast4 Comments

By Stephanie Prendergast Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow’s popular newsletter featured an article on pelvic floor muscles, which prompted numerous emails and tweets in my direction. Apparently this is a topic that makes my friends and colleagues think of me. While pondering why everyone, except for me,  seems to be reading Goop,  I took a look. I am glad to see …

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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 …

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Is it still Prostatitis if my cultures are negative?

In Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast18 Comments

  By Malinda Wright Chronic Prostatitis! It’s not something discussed at a baseball game or at a family gathering. However, it is estimated that between 2-14% of men worldwide are diagnosed with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS)1. But what exactly is CP/CPPS? According to the National Institutes of Health, CP/CPPS, also known as category III prostatitis, is characterized by …

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Where’s the Yeast? When pelvic floor dysfunction mimics yeast infections

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast41 Comments

  Vaginal yeast infections aka candidiasis, are an uncomfortable and common issue that many women find themselves dealing with at some point. Three out of four women will experience at least one vaginal yeast infection in their lifetimes-many will experience two or more. If you’ve had one you know that the symptoms can be enough to drive you crazy: -severe …

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Our FAVE Pelvic Health Resources, Products!

In Female Pelvic Pain, Male Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

By Gabriella Chavarin Our FAVE Pelvic Health Resources, Products! It’s that time of year when we all make “New Year’s resolutions.” If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably resolved to sleep longer, be more active, and eat healthier. But what about your pelvic health? One of the questions I’m asked most often at PHRC is: “Do you have any recommendations …

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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 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 Akincilar-Rummer112 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 …