“The party is over…now who’s going to help me clean up?”

  As a clinician who’s been treating patients for over 42 years and very active in the community with educating the public on women’s health issues, I’ve heard a lot. I believe it’s important to have an honest dialogue with my patients and create a safe space for them to ask the tough questions. Education isContinue reading ““The party is over…now who’s going to help me clean up?””

“Sometimes I pee when I’m running!”

In a recent research study of 112 elite female athletes, 54% of the participants reported leakage with sneezing or coughing. 86% were slightly bothered by the symptoms. Both women who have never been pregnant and those who had children, suffer with incontinence. A high impact sport such as running, seems to increase the risk ofContinue reading ““Sometimes I pee when I’m running!””

“When will I fit back into my pre-baby jeans?” – …And Other Post-Pregnancy Questions

Q. “Are sit-ups the best way to strengthen my abdominals after childbirth?” A. No, sit-ups should not initially be done to reduce the pooch, your waistline, and to regain solid, supportive abdominals. A woman should initially draw in her abdominal muscles, especially the transverses abdominis, towards her spine while exhaling. When she can engage theContinue reading ““When will I fit back into my pre-baby jeans?” – …And Other Post-Pregnancy Questions”

Postpartum Culture Around the World : How Does The United States Compare?

Postpartum Strong® is a unique musculoskeletal program developed for women to regain muscle strength of their abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Clinical research now supports rehabilitation after a normal or challenging birth or pregnancy to prevent incontinence, prolapse and sexual dysfunction. Routine care around the world is quite different than postpartum care in the United States. AfterContinue reading “Postpartum Culture Around the World : How Does The United States Compare?”

Let’s Talk About Organ Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), is defined as weakness of the muscles, ligaments and connective tissues of the vaginal wall,  causing descent of the pelvic organs. This weakness can result in bulging of the urethra and bladder, cervix and uterus, small intestine or rectum into the vaginal wall. Causes of prolapse are: 1) childbirth 2) weakContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Organ Prolapse”

National Women’s Health Week

We all realize the importance of setting aside time to take care of ourselves, but how many of us actually do it on a regular basis? Our lives seem to get so hectic and the “should do’s” start to pile up fast. This ever-increasing list can cause unneeded stress to our already busy lives, andContinue reading “National Women’s Health Week”

Women Deserve to Know: the Stretched Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) can recover after delivery!

Women Deserve to Know: the Stretched Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) can recover after delivery! Pelvic floor muscles are very important because  a. they respond to stretch during sex which facilitates an orgasm  b. they support and promote function of the pelvic organs  c. they contract to delay urination or defecation  d. they relax to permit voidingContinue reading “Women Deserve to Know: the Stretched Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) can recover after delivery!”

Why Didn’t I Know . . . that I could help prevent prolapse and incontinence?

As a specialized pelvic health physical therapist in the United States for the last twenty years, I have heard this comment so many times. The clinical evidence from research is now published in journals for urogynecologists, physical therapists, urologists, as well as for obstetricians and gynecologists, supporting the need for assisted pelvic floor recovery afterContinue reading “Why Didn’t I Know . . . that I could help prevent prolapse and incontinence?”

Pre-Natal/Post-Partum Care

Pre-Natal/Post-Partum Care A pregnant woman undergoes a myriad of physiological changes, which in turn results in physical changes. However, an understanding of the pregnant body is crucial to adapt to its changing state. “DID YOU KNOW?” Most physical discomforts that you will experience during pregnancy can be treated with pelvic floor physical therapy. A veryContinue reading “Pre-Natal/Post-Partum Care”