In my experience, exercising when you have pelvic pain is controversial - for the people experiencing the pain that is. In one camp, there’s the people who have had to stop doing what they love because of the pain. On the other side, there’s the people who cannot start an exercise program because of their pelvic pain.
I get it. You’re new (or at least new to this specialty). You want to help women and men reclaim their lives, educate and empower them. But you also think: “is this really for me?” “Will I be able to do it?” “Where do I even get started?”
I’ve been there. I had to wrestle with the same questions in grad school. And since that time, this is the most common question I get from new grads. So it’s about dang time I write a post about it!
Glad you asked! But first, you should reach about pelvic floor anatomy so that this post will make more sense. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Okay, you’re back! Or just a smarty pants ;-)
So, simply put:
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.
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! I apologize for falling off the grid for a little bit. Life has been pretty exciting and crazy lately. I have accepted a position as a Women's Health Resident in FL and I will be moving in less than 2 months! Over the last few weekends I've traveled down to FL to apartment hunt, taken a pelvic floor course in NJ, and been studying for FL licensure. Good news: I found a cute apartment, got licensed in FL, and LOVED the pelvic floor course!