In middle age, most vagina-owners start to notice some changes… It’s tough to get a read on our menstrual cycle. We’re constantly hot and sweaty. (Otherwise known as “personal summers.”) We have trouble falling or staying asleep. Our downstairs feels like a desert....
Stress and Pelvic Floor Tension
Occasional stress is part of being human. These days, though, many people’s stress has escalated from once-in-a-while to chronic. You may be aware that chronic stress can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular health, digestive health, and mental health. There is also a...
CBD for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
As cannabis products are being normalized throughout the country, we’re starting to see some evidence for a surprising benefit of these once-taboo products… They may be good for the pelvic floor! Let’s explore the benefits of CBD for pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic...
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...
Best Products for Your Pelvic Floor
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...
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 and can lead to trigger points in your pelvic floor. It's just like tight shoulders...
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 Vaginal Burning? 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.
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.
Mardi Gras Tinkle Tips!
Mardi Gras 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!
Peeing 101: When and How to Pee Properly
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!
Do You Know When to See a Pelvic Floor Therapist After Birth?
A six week postpartum visit typically does not include screening or assessment for pelvic floor issues that would warrant a referral to a pelvic health physical therapist.
LGBTQIA+ and Pelvic Floor Therapy
We all have pelvic floors, and pelvic floor physical therapy can help!
Have you heard of this rare skin condition? Explore the causes, connections to pelvic health, and treatment options for men and women affected by lichen sclerosis.
Your Pelvic Floor and Tailbone Pain
A pain in the butt… literally. Causes of tailbone pain explained and how to relax your plevic floor muscles to reduce tension and discomfort.
Am I Doing Kegels Correctly
Kegels – they are not for everyone. What a proper kegel is and ways to tell if it is the right fit for you.
How to Use a Menstrual Cup
Looking for an alternative to tampons? The pros, cons, and logistics of menstrual cups explored.
Yoni Eggs: Pros and Cons
Are yoni eggs or kegel balls really the answer to a healthy pelvic floor? We set the record straight about when and how to use kegel balls.
Leg Numbness During Pregnancy? It May Be Meralgia Paresthetica
Why you may have never heard of Meralgia parasthetica and what it means for thigh pain during pregnancy. Diagnosis, causes, and treatments explained here.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is not necessarily a death sentence for your vagina. In many cases, prolapse is completely treatable without surgery, and may even be able to be improved. But to know how to treat prolapse, we first have to understand what it is.
Best Lubes (And What You Should Avoid)
Lube can be a great addition to sex for pleasure, decrease duration or aid in vaginal dryness. There are so many different choices that it can be hard to find one that will work for your needs. Read on for some tried and true lubricants that are PT approved.
Your Pelvic Floor and Hemorrhoids
For most people hemorrhoids are annoying, but can usually be cleared up with some intentional habit/lifestyle changes or home remedies. Here we discuss what they are, who’s at risk and how they can be prevented.
Peloton and Your Pelvic Floor
Can you use the Peloton during pregnancy? How can you safely use the Peloton during pregnancy? When can you use the Peloton after giving birth? We break down everything you (and your vagina) need to know.
What to Expect in a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Session
What to expect from your first pelvic floor physical therapy session. The first step can be scary to take but so worth.
Pelvic Floor Pain During Sex
Sex is not supposed to hurt… at all. It’s supposed to be pleasurable and enjoyable. Find out more of what can be causing discomfort with sex.
Benefits of Physical Therapy for Urinary Urgency
Gotta pee right now?! Are you crossing your legs or running to the bathroom? When’s the last time you went? How much have you drank? What did you drink? Why might you be feeling this urge? Here’s what to do when you gotta go.
How to Insert a Menstrual Cup
Menstrual cups can be a great fit if you want to save some money, reduce your impact on the environment and are ok with menstrual blood. With a little bit of trial and error and persistence, menstrual cups can be a great choice!
What is the Pelvic Floor Anyway?
Did you know the pelvic floor is a group of muscles? All the intricacies of the pelvic floor explained!
How to Not Poop Your Pants
Why Can’t I Poop on Vacation?
Constipation when traveling is kind of the worst and can happen due to a change in schedule, poor eating habits, or dehydration.
What You Should Know About Vaginal Dryness and Breast Cancer
Many women who have been treated for Breast Cancer may experience pelvic floor changes like vaginal dryness and urinary leakage. And they may not know that pelvic floor therapy can help.
What to Expect in an Online Pelvic Health Session
Have painful sex, pelvic pain, pubic bone pain, low back or hip pain, urinary leakage, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, menstrual discomfort or diastasis recti? Read this.
To Kegel or Not to Kegel?
Learn more about who should kegel, who should not, and why it is not always the answer.