Back in January of this year, I wrote a little post called Why Pelvic Self Exams Matter: A Personal Story. Since then, I decided to have surgery to remove the cyst and had surgery on May 23rd. Originally I planned on writing a follow-up post much sooner, but something about it just didn’t feel right. I couldn’t figure out how to make sense of it, much less turn it into an informative post. Reflecting on it now, I realize that this experience taught me not only about pelvic floor function, but also gave me a new perspective on being a patient which has helped me to grow as a therapist.
Let's play a little game: I say "osteoporosis" and you think of the first thing that comes to mind. Did you picture a sweet, 80 year old grandma sitting in a hospital bed with a broken hip? Maybe! But did you know that over 9.9 million people in the United States have osteoporosis and another 43.1 million have osteopenia? Probably not, I sure didn't until I started researching this post!
I bet you that there isn't a single issue of Cosmopolitan without an ad for some type of lube. Commercials are common and there seem to be so many different brands and types within brands! So how do you know which one to choose?
One of the most common questions I get from friends, acquaintances, and patients is “How do I know that I’m doing Kegels right?” With patients who see me for pelvic floor problems, this is easy to assess. But I can’t really do that with my friends and readers, which brings us to this post!