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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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Vagi-what? A rough guide to Vaginismus

In Female Pelvic Pain by Stephanie Prendergast8 Comments

By Malinda Wright If you’ve ever said the following: “It feels like there’s a wall there.” “I can’t insert a tampon.” “I can’t have penetrative sex with my husband.” “I was told I need to drink a glass of wine right before sex, but that still doesn’t help.” You might be experiencing vaginismus symptoms. DEFINITION What exactly is vaginismus? Vaginismus, …

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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. …