I gotta be honest here for a minute… This post isn’t just written for you readers. That’s right, I got selfish. As a women’s health therapist I work with pregnant clients all the time and the first time I heard of doulas I had absolutely no idea what that meant. So when I had the opportunity to meet a doula and learn about them, I jumped at the chance! Emily Potter Wannenburg and I were introduced through a mutual friend who knew we would nerd out and bond over our love of helping women. For this interview, Emily and I grabbed lunch to discuss all things Doula.
In this wonderful world of instant gratification and being tuned in 24/7/365, who doesn’t need a little stress relief!? It’s kind of a no brainer right? We’re basically all expected to be ultra productive human beings for 8+ hours at work, come home to deliciously organic meals, workout for 60mins a day, keep a clean house, maintain healthy social relationships, have regular sex, and get 8 hours of deep sleep per day.
Ever since I started writing about sex on LiftLaughKegel, there have been people asking questions about sex toys, specifically vibrators. Turns out that y’all have quite a few questions! Jean wrote in saying “So my friends and I have been debating this for a while. Can using a vibrator too much make your clit less sensitive?” Other readers have asked about what vibrators are most popular, how to pick the right vibrator, and how to clean a vibrator.
As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I spend a lot of time with patients talking about poop. Whether she isn't going enough, going to much, can't control when it's happening and anything in between. I gotta admit it- this post probably should have been released before last week's, but there isn't much we can do about that now. In this post, I will be going over the basics of digestion, the anatomy and physiology of pooping, and ending with a few tips for potty training (whether it's your toddler or retraining yourself!).
Everybody poops! That’s a children’s book for a good reason. We all poop and when we don’t - it’s a problem. Constipation is defined differently by pretty much everyone. The simplest definition is less than 3 bowel movements per week. Constipation is associated with headaches, decreased energy, bad breath, difficulty concentrating, decreased appetite, abdominal bloating, gas, skin problems, and depression. In 2008, people spent over $725 million on over the counter laxatives! We’ve all been there at some point right? Whether it was travel, stress, too much cheese (is there really such a thing though…) constipation happens. Here are 6 medication free ways you can use to get on a regular #2 schedule!
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!
Hey there! This week’s post is all about waking up that lazy transverse abdominis in women who have a diastasis recti! If you’re not sure what that is, go back and read this post. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Alrighty, now that we all know what it is and how to screen ourselves, let’s get to chatting about how to treat it.