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Ketamine Infusion for Pelvic Pain. What is it?

The topic of Ketamine infusions can elicit some strong concerns. Some clinicians are familiar with a type of infusion known as “Ketamine comas,” in which people are placed in a medical coma and stay in an ICU for treatment. This is often viewed as quite extreme, and risky; and leaves many wondering the efficacy of such a treatment when the patient is not actively participating in recovery from a brain/pain connection. For clarification, the coma is not the only protocol available. Ketamine infusions can involve: 1. Outpatient “awake” protocol 2. Low-dose inpatient protocol 3. Ketamine coma. (In addition, there are now physicians who prescribe compounded ointments with Ketamine as one of the medications. This is not the same as an infusion. There’s not enough data at this time about efficacy and safety of this approach with topicals.) Our guest blogger, Dr. Allison Wells, MD, is sharing information about the outpatient procedure. ~ Tracy Sher of Pelvic Guru

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Pelvic Guru and Social Media – Daily Posts

Did you know that we post regular updates on the latest news and happenings in the world of pelvic health on Facebook and Twitter? (On occasion, LinkedIn and possibly soon on Instagram and Snapchat). Join us on social media if you are a medical professional or someone in the community who’s interested in women’s health,…

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Bladder Pain and Bowel Issues – Oy! IPPS Conference Highlights

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.…

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The Ultimate Pelvic Anatomy Resource

Articles, Links, and Videos, Oh My! Ever wanted a resource with articles, pictures, and videos of pelvic anatomy all int he same place? Here it is! I’ve been putting this together for a while and am very excited to share this with you! This resource will evolve and update as new, exciting links are found.…

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Toilet Talk: Things You Should Know, But Probably Don’t.

Parents can relate to the fact that we spend a lot of time potty training children. However, that’s likely the only time we experience “toilet talk”.  When I provide basic bowel and bladder tips to my adult patients, I am always surprised when they say “why didn’t anyone tell me that?”.  So, here’s a list…

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Egg-citing Pictures! Egg Released During Ovulation.

These pictures are incredible! (First time seen clearly on a human female). This was captured by Dr. Jacques Donnez (2008) while he performed a  laparoscopic hysterectomy on a 45-year-old female.  In these photos you will see the follicle (red) – a fluid-filled sac on the surface of the ovary (white) containing the egg. The process…

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Ovarian Cancer: Twitter Trends

September was officially Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, but the awareness should go on all year. Here’s the latest trending of “hot topics” regarding #ovarian cancer on Twitter in the month of October (2012). Check it out. The links are provided. Women’s Health Mag ‏‪@WomensHealthMag Taking aspirin may reduce your risk of the 5th-leading cause of…

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

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…

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