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Chronic pain or burning down there? The causes and treatments for vulvodynia and vestibulodynia explained.
Sex should be enjoyable, pleasurable, and pain free where you and your partner can share in intimacy! It should not be painful… at all. So if you experience pain, you may be wondering what’s normal, what’s not and what can help? Painful sex, also known as...
Many women and men have overactive or tense pelvic floor muscles and kegels and tightening exercises can make matters worse, especially during pregnancy and postpartum. Your pelvic floor may be too tight or tense if you have peeing or pooping issues, have pain with sex, or have any pelvic pain. Here’s what you can do about a too tight pelvic floor.
What exactly is a VBAC? VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean and is a delivery option for mothers who have had a cesarean delivery prior to their current pregnancy. While vaginal birth after cesarean was not always thought of as a safe option for moms, the most recent research shows that VBAC can be a great option when the patient is an appropriate candidate.
April is Cesarean Awareness Month! You may be wondering, do I need pelvic floor therapy if I’ve had a cesarean birth? Do I need to massage my scar? Can I work on my scar even if it has been a few years? What about a VBAC?
The exciting birth story of our first son from starting contractions to the final big push.
Over 30 percent of births in the United States are via cesarean section. After the initial healing period, many moms may want to know how to safely return to exercise and regain their core strength.
If you think a c-section means pelvic floor PT isn’t for you, get ready to change your mind. Learn how pelvic PT can be hugely beneficial in helping reduce pain, improve mobility, function, and quality of life no matter the type of delivery!
What to do after being diagnosed with Endometriosis. How a multidisciplinary approach may be the way to go to reduce pain and improve function.
The cause and effects of Endometriosis explained by a pelvic floor physical therapist.
Pubic symphysis separation (or pubic symphysis diastasis) is defined as the widening of the pubic joint of more than 10 mm and is considered a complication of vaginal childbirth or pregnancy. Is there anything you can do?
Mardi Gras 2022 is FINALLY HERE! We can’t wait to indulge the revelry of the next week. And though we love the glitter, king cake, and spirit of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, we can’t forget the difficulties around a lack of bathroom access that comes with each carnival season. Fear not, here are our favorite bladder and tinkle tips to keep your pelvic floor happy while out there on the route!
When Can I Start Having Sex Again? It’s a common question after having a baby, only second to “When can I start working out?” There are a few things we want to get back to make us feel like normal human beings after having a baby, and being intimate and having sex...
One of the hardest parts of the 4th trimester is that you do not even know there is one.
Bowel movements are healthy and normal. There are some measures you can take to avoid a traumatic experience and to make the first postpartum poop easier.
We often get questions in our clinic and on social media about when it is safe to return to HIIT like Crossfit after having a baby. That is often a hard question to answer, or rather there are many factors that go into that answer. Here, we break it down.
As more pelvic health research is conducted and outcomes are gathered, guidelines will be updated and expanded so that healthcare providers have the highest quality information for developing postpartum programming. These current guidelines are FREE for all to access.
You can (and should!) exercise throughout your pregnancy as you are able. You should continue to exercise as you were before pregnancy and modify along the way as your pregnancy progresses to decrease intensity, avoid lying on your back after 14 weeks and avoid any exercises that contribute to pain or discomfort. Any new workouts or exercise regimes should first be cleared with your doctor and/or your pelvic floor PT.
Continuing along in our “What to expect from your postpartum body” series, we will discuss 4-8 postpartum.
Up next in our “What to expect from your body postpartum” series, we will cover 2-4 weeks postpartum. Click to read what to expect in terms of healing, when to contact your healthcare provider or seek treatment from a pelvic floor PT, and how to safely begin returning to exercise.
A very common and often uncomfortable side effect reported during pregnancy is constipation. Signs and symptoms of constipation can be variable but can leave you looking for any source of relief! The good news is that a few lifestyle changes may help provide some relief of symptoms and get you back to a more regular pooping schedule. Check out our top tips for easing constipation during pregnancy.
Urinary leakage is very common, but not normal. So what can you do? Learn how to empty your bladder correctly, prevent pelvic floor issues, and manage those pesky leaks!
There are plenty of books on what to expect during pregnancy, but women are often left without much guidance about what to expect after the baby arrives.
Tips and discussion topics for your first postpartum check up to make the most of your recovery.
Diastasis recti is a separation of the connective tissue in the middle of the large abdominal muscles known as the rectus abdominis (6 pack abs). Here’s how you can help prevent it, and what to do if you have it.
While this is a less common occurrence than morning sickness, back pain, or the constant urge to pee, vulvar varicosities can happen during pregnancy and can be a significant source of discomfort for women, especially in the last trimester.
Perineal tearing during a vaginal delivery can have varying levels of severity, and each woman’s tissue heals differently. While most perineal tearing heals on its own with stitching, there are times when the body can over heal and develop an excess of tissue at the wound site. This is known as granulation tissue.
How do I return to HIIT after having a baby? How much time do I take off before starting back up? The answers are not one-size-fits-all. What’s important is that you understand the principles for safe and effective progression.
We’ve all heard of “the baby blues,” but what happens when it’s not sadness you feel? What happens when all you feel is debilitating anxiety? Maybe it hits you in the hospital, maybe as soon as you get home, or (as in my case) many weeks into your postpartum journey. It’s scary, all-consuming, and quite frankly it can make you feel helpless.
Yes, “vagina massage” is a thing but it’s definitely more than just rubbing on some muscles down there! Here’s what it is, plus how it can help.
Pelvic floor problems
Peeing just fine, pooping like a pro, and enjoying plenty of pleasurable sex? Let's keep it that way!
By strengthening your pelvic floor now, you can prevent issues from creeping up later.