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Pelvic Floor, Prolapse, and Transvaginal Mesh Complications. What’s the Connection?

August 22, 2012 |

Featured guest article, by Elizabeth Carrollton who writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.  How to Keep Your Pelvic Floor Healthy and Strong The pelvic floor is an essential muscle group, supporting pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus and rectum, as well as contributing to core strength and balance. Childbirth is easier and recovery is faster with strong pelvic muscles; sexual sensation is enhanced; and healthy pelvic floor muscles can even reduce back pain, since they help support the spine.   A weak pelvic floor can contribute to many problems that include urinary stress incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse…

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GYN Cancer Recovery Advice: A Survivor’s Powerful Message

May 29, 2012 |

Pelvic Guru is excited to share GYN cancer recovery advice from a patient’s perspective. The words of wisdom are from a strong, wonderful woman who has gone through a comprehensive treatment plan including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to fight stage 3 endometrial cancer. She has taken a very dedicated, proactive approach to recovery and is doing well. Pelvic radiation for cervical and endometrial cancers is difficult to get through, but there are some things that I tried to make it more manageable.  I experimented with different approaches – some worked, others didn’t.  I chose the path of experimentation because it added…

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Gynecologic Cancer – The Radiation Elephant in the Room

May 3, 2012 |

Gynecologic cancers include malignancies of the female genital tract involving the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes or ovaries. A common treatment involves radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy). Radiation therapy involves treatment with high energy rays (such as x-rays) with the intent to shrink or kill cancer cells. The Radiation Elephant in the Room: Patients share that they want to do any treatments they can to save their lives, but often aren’t prepared to deal with the after-effects of treatment such as radiation. Radiation therapy has a significant impact on the body. It’s difficult to discuss, but it’s an…

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Painful Intercourse – Bad Advice

April 17, 2012 |

Painful intercourse (Dyspareunia)   The medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia (dis-puh-ROO-ne-uh) — which is defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. ~ Mayo Clinic Unfortunately, it is difficult to know the exact prevalence of dyspareunia with studies showing ranges from 7% to 60%, depending on the inclusion and defining criteria. ( There can be numerous reasons for painful intercourse, ranging from psychological to physical. Regardless of the source of the pain, the most important factor is that when a patient seeks help for painful intercourse, healthcare professionals should do their…

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