The Clitoris is More Than “That Little Bump”
By Heather Edwards, PT, CSC, Pelvic Guru LLC Course & Content Manager The clitoris is an amazing structure! Often when we see pictures or look in the mirror, it…Read More
Clinical Blindspots: Filling in the Gaps of Sexual Health Medical Training
A discussion with Heather Edwards & Alex Papale These two have been doing a series of courses under the title of “Clinical Blindspots” that focus on some specific niches of…Read More
How to Choose a Lubricant
By Heather Edwards, PT, CSC, Pelvic Guru LLC Course & Content Manager Personal lubricants for sexual penetration or external genital stimulation (either solo or partnered) can enhance pleasure and comfort. Though…Read More
Essential Sexual Health: An Interview with Ellen Barnard
Sexual health compentency is critical. Tracy often sees mismanagement of sexual concerns and the negative impact that it has on patients. Many providers don’t have an understanding of what they don’t know because… well… they don’t know it.Read More
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 GuruRead More
The 5 Things We Wish You Knew About Pudendal Neuralgia
The 5 Things We Wish PTs, MDs, and Patients Knew About Pudendal Neuralgia and Pudendal Nerve Entrapment Tracy Sher, MPT, CSCS and Loretta J. Robertson, PT, MS Why is the…Read More
What IS Pelvic Physical Therapy and Why Doesn’t EVERYONE Know About It?
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…Read More
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…Read More
Pelvic Pain Research: What’s Happening and Who’s Recruiting?
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…Read More
Vaginal Dilator Guide for Patients. Dilators and the Brain? Pain, Fear, and Anxiety
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,…Read More