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When Your Period is a Pain in the Butt: Rectal Pain During Periods
As if bleeding, cramping, cravings, fatigue, and a whole host of other hard-to-manage symptoms weren’t enough, rectal pain during periods may grace some of us with this extra-special period symptom. Butt cramps. You’re going about your day when suddenly it feels like...
How to Manage Endometriosis Pain During Sex
Chronic pain can be hard to talk about. Especially when it’s down there. Especially when it comes to sex. We may even try to convince ourselves that it’s all in our head. Or unfortunately we’ve been told that by unsupportive medical professionals But if you’re...
5 Pelvic Floor Exercises for After a Hysterectomy
Some people expect a hysterectomy will solve all their downstairs problems. And while it’s true a hysterectomy can be helpful for many concerns, it can also create new ones. Luckily, you can reduce your risk or severity of post-op problems with pelvic floor exercises...
6 Pelvic Floor Exercises for Vaginismus
If you’re thinking, “What the heck is vaginismus?” you’re definitely not alone. Many people with vaginas have never heard of it, and here’s why: Vaginismus symptoms can feel embarrassing to talk about. “I can’t insert a tampon.” “No matter how hard I try, I can’t...
Pediatric Pelvic Floor Therapy
Being a kid is tough, being a kid with pelvic floor dysfunction is even tougher. More common than you may realize, pelvic floor dysfunction affects approximately 1 in 7 school aged children. The good news is that pediatric pelvic floor therapy can help! Firsthand...
Painful Sex After a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy can be life-changing, most often for the better. But for some people, a hysterectomy can do a number on one’s sex life. Fortunately, painful sex after a hysterectomy doesn’t have to be permanent. What’s a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is the surgical...
Can Menstrual Cups Cause Prolapse?
Can Menstrual Cups Cause Pelvic Organ Prolapse? For many environmentally conscious folks—or simply financially conscious folks—menstrual cups have become a go-to period product. But some people are hesitant to use them because they’ve heard menstrual cups can cause or...
My Favorite Pelvic Floor Products
The Best Products for Your Pelvic Floor and Core According to a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Companies market all sorts of stuff to vagina owners: washes, wipes, pads, kegel aids, trainers, and more. With shelves and shelves full of products, it can be tough to...
UTI Symptoms with a Negative Urine Culture: The Relationship Between UTI Symptoms and Pelvic Floor Health
Let’s play “guess the diagnosis”: You’re feeling a little discomfort in your abdomen and pelvis. You’re frequenting the bathroom more often. You feel a burning sensation when you pee, accompanied by little to no urine. Or, you’re peeing a lot, so much that urine...
How to Treat Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy
You’ve likely discovered that pregnancy isn’t all unicorns, rainbows, and “You’re positively glowing!” As if “morning” sickness, tender breasts, and round ligament pain weren’t enough, pregnancy can also be a real pain in the butt. Literally. Yes, my friends, today...
All About Postpartum Belly Binding
Have you ever heard of using postpartum belly binding during your immediate postpartum recovery? Over the course of your pregnancy, your body changes shape and makes room for your growing little one. Then, in postpartum, your muscles and organs literally shift around...
Round Ligament Pain Stretches to Use Right Now
Round ligament pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy and can make normal activities a minefield of discomfort. Listed below are some round ligament pain stretches to relieve you. What Does Round Ligament Pain Feel Like? Round ligament pain most often feels like...
Period Tips from a Pelvic Floor Therapist
I was ten years old the day I got my first period. My mom handed me a maxi-pad and a book about menstrual cycles and said, "Let me know if you have questions." And that was it. There were no conversations about options for menstrual care, no period tips, and my...
Your guide to working out with an overactive pelvic floor
Do you suspect you have an overactive pelvic floor? An overactive pelvic floor is when the muscles contract more than necessary. This results in excessive pelvic floor muscle tension. Pelvic floor overactivity is like ‘tight shoulders.’ Causes of an overactive pelvic...
Pain in the butt? It might be sciatica.
How menopause affects the pelvic floor
You probably know that menopause presents a whole new set of changes in someone’s life. We talk about hot flashes, sleep issues, and mood swings, but did you know that the health of your pelvic floor and menopause are absolutely connected? Changes in hormones can lead...
Chronic Burning Pain Down There? What You Should Know About Vulvodynia
Chronic pain or burning down there? The causes and treatments for vulvodynia and vestibulodynia explained.
Is your Pelvic Floor Too Tight?
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.
Considering a Vaginal Birth After a C-Section? Here’s What You Need to Know
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.
Can I Ice My C Section Incision? And Other C Section Recovery Questions.
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?
Sara Reardon’s Birth Story For Baby Number One: All’s Well That Ends Well
The exciting birth story of our first son from starting contractions to the final big push.
5 Pelvic Floor and Core Workouts for After a C-Section
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.
The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy After C Section
One third of women deliver by cesarean section, and the postpartum maternal care leaves something to be desired here in the US, particularly the education on a cesarean shelf.
Pelvic Floor Therapy for Endometriosis
What to do after being diagnosed with Endometriosis. How a multidisciplinary approach may be the way to go to reduce pain and improve function.
What is Endometriosis?
The cause and effects of Endometriosis explained by a pelvic floor physical therapist.
Pubic Bone Pain After Birth
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 Tinkle Tips!
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!
Sex After Having a Baby: A Pelvic PT’s Guide to When and How
Many women experience painful sex postpartum. Postpartum sex can be painful even months postpartum. When you can start having sex again after having a baby is a common question. It’s only second to “When can I start working out?” There are a few things we want to get...
Fourth trimester healing and postpartum pelvic pain
One of the hardest parts of the 4th trimester is that you do not even know there is one.
What To Know About Postpartum Pooping
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.
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.