Your Vagina is Not Cussing: Good, Simple Vulvovaginal Hygiene Tips

January 10, 2015 | 50 Comments

Friends, Romans, Countrywomen – lend me your ear! All these people are WRONG! (and that’s probably one reason why they’re seeing me in the first place)

If you want my advice, I’m going to be succinct, clear and direct. You can wash your vulvovaginal area any way you’d like as long as you are in the shower, eliminate all soap and let warm water run over the area and only use your hands. Just call me the Henry Ford of the vagina…or is that weird?

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So, You Need Defecography Testing for Bowel Issues? Dispelling the Top 5 Myths

June 18, 2014 | 79 Comments

A common scenario: You have constipation, but the cause is unknown (and may have several underlying factors). There are a variety of tests for constipation. What if your physician orders a “DEFECOGRAM?” This is actually quite a common test, but if you search the internet, it will likely leave you with questions and fears. Dr. Vikas Shah, guest blogger and UK consultant radiologist specializing in gastrointestinal and colorectal imaging, shares information to dispel to the myths about defecograms. What is a defecogram A defecating proctogram, also known as a defecography or a defagram, is used for functional imaging of the…

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Flower Power for Women’s Maternal Health

April 24, 2014 | 6 Comments
May Flowers for women's health

May is an exciting month! It’s Share MayFlowers month to highlight women’s maternal health and fistulas. A great way to discuss pelvic health is to wear a special mayflower (in May and any other month) and when someone says, “that’s so pretty” or “I love that flower,” you can say: “thanks so much, I’m actually wearing this to support pelvic health awareness during Share MayFlowers month.” This can open up discussions relating to bladder, bowel, sexual and pregnancy-related physical issues. These issues affect women (and men) worldwide, but how do we discuss this openly? How about through a wonderful campaign to raise awareness! …

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Kegels and Comedy? Meet Gusset Grippers.

February 3, 2014 | 3 Comments

Meet Gusset Grippers. Stand-up comedy about ‘wee’, ‘pish’, and ‘banging on’. The 1st Pelvic Professional Spotlight MEET GUSSET GRIPPERS! Who is Elaine Miller, A.K.A Gussie Grips, Gusset Grippers? Usually, discussing matters of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse is NO laughing matter. However, there’s a fabulous, hilarious physiotherapist in the UK (Edinburgh, Scotland) who’s found a unique way to bring these topics to the comedy stage with grace. Her timing and comedic knack are special qualities; and so is her ability to educate about very important pelvic health topics at the same time. She is one of a kind. Who…

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What IS Pelvic Physical Therapy and Why Doesn’t EVERYONE Know About It?

December 28, 2013 | 27 Comments

True story – During graduate school (Northwestern shout out) for physical therapy over 15 years ago, I distinctly remember turning to a friend in class and stating emphatically, “Mark my words, I will NEVER EVER do what the therapist is doing in that video. NEVER. Why are we even seeing this in class?”. You may wonder what happened in that video that lead to my bold statement. Why was I so shocked at the time? Well, that was essentially my first exposure to learning about pelvic physical therapy. 

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Pelvic Guru 2013: Most Popular Posts of the Year

December 19, 2013 | Comments Off on Pelvic Guru 2013: Most Popular Posts of the Year

Pelvic Guru 2013 – Most Popular Rankings What a fantastic 2013 ! Thank you all so much for viewing, supporting and sharing at Pelvic Guru – the blog website and social media sites. The positive feedback rocks. The mission is basic: share valuable (and sometimes just funny) information and promote the work of colleagues regarding pelvic health across disciplines. At the end of the year, I like to see what posts generated the most interest. It’s quite fascinating!  * There are numerous articles that did not make this list, but are still worth checking out at Pelvic Guru on Facebook.…

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Bladder Pain and Bowel Issues – Oy! IPPS Conference Highlight Series, Part 1

November 17, 2013 | 5 Comments

Bladder Pain and Bowel Issues – Oy! Highlights on these topics from the International Pelvic Pain Society Conference in Orlando, FL, October 17-20, 2013. The 2013 International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS) Conference was highly anticipated and with great reason! We were impressed by the excellent clinical information for first-time and return attendees to the conference. It is exciting to see how far we have come in pelvic pain diagnosis and treatment and the direction we are heading in applying current research to clinical practice. A broad variety of diagnoses and treatment strategies were presented, and it’s hard to choose just…

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Pelvic Pain Research: What’s Happening and Who’s Recruiting?

October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

Pelvic pain research “nerd alert”. You have been warned! Here’s a sampling of some of the great research projects and trials (primarily pelvic pain with some others sprinkled in) listed as CURRENTLY recruiting subjects in the United States and Canada.  Who else hopes the funding dollars are there to support these (crossing fingers)!? Let’s face it: pelvic pain is complex and there’s still a lot to learn from research regarding how to treat these conditions with a multimodal approach. This does not include all of the research going on worldwide…yet!  Please feel free to share (in the comments section) any other research…

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Vaginal Dilator Guide for Patients. Dilators and the Brain? Pain, Fear, and Anxiety

August 30, 2013 | 37 Comments

There are different reasons to use vaginal dilators. This particular post focuses on providing dilator information for women facing fear, anxiety, and/or pain with regard to vaginal touch, finger insertion, gynecology exams, use of tampons, and intercourse. My quest to find valuable, comprehensive resources for a guide for dilator use fell short. This is particularly true with regard to understanding that using dilators is NOT just to “stretch the vagina,” which is often told to patients. I created documents for patients to use and wanted to share (still a work in process, but isn’t it always?!). Dilators provide an excellent…

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10 Common Misconceptions About Pelvic Physical Therapy

August 5, 2013 | 77 Comments

Have you ever heard of pelvic physical therapy before? Many have not, but this specialty can be a crucial part of someone’s complete medical care – for women, men, and even children. As one my patients recently said,  “I had no idea this sort of thing exists, but I’m sure glad I found it because it has been THE missing treatment I have needed for years!”. Guest post: 10 Common Misconceptions About Pelvic Physical Therapy I had never heard of pelvic physical therapy prior to beginning my doctoral program at Duke University. I remember very clearly when I first learned…

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