Category Archives: Pelvic Health

We Stand for Planned Parenthood

We Stand for Planned Parenthood

When my friend, Alex Jamieson sent me an email a couple of weeks ago asking if I would join her and 100 of my colleagues in taking a stand to support Planned Parenthood as a woman and women’s health leader who cares about the health of ALL women… I hesitated. You see, at my core…… Continue Reading

Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

Physical Therapy and Nutrition: A Powerful Combination To Heal Pelvic Pain

She’s been dealing with increasing pelvic pain symptoms for years. Newly married and ready to start a family, she worries about the effect that her pelvic pain will have on her relationship with her husband and whether she will even be able to get pregnant. She’s been coming to see you in your physical therapy… Continue Reading

Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Delicious Collagen Smoothies for Postpartum Moms

Supporting postpartum recovery for new moms is an essential skills for all women’s health physical therapists, fitness professionals, nutritionists, and other women’s health and wellness professionals.  The postnatal year is a time when women need emotional support, practical support, and physical support. Today we’re going to discuss vital aspects of nutrition for supporting tissue recovery… Continue Reading

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

It is well accepted that the nervous system is the ultimate “decider” when it comes to an individual’s pain response in any given moment.  You have surely experienced this yourself when a paper cut feels like your whole hand is on fire, or when you wake up with a giant bruise on your leg and… Continue Reading

Is adding Maca to Your Smoothies and Recommending It to Your Clients a Good Idea or All Hype?

Is adding Maca to Your Smoothies and Recommending It to Your Clients a Good Idea or All Hype?

Is there any evidence that adding that scoop of Maca to your smoothie is a good idea? As with nearly everything… the answer is, “It depends.” In my practice, I recommend Maca for specific situations and it works very well.  But, in some situations, using maca can actually worsen your client’s symptoms.  Let’s tease out… Continue Reading

Are Sunscreen Chemicals More Risky Than Sun Exposure?

Are Sunscreen Chemicals More Risky Than Sun Exposure?

Living near the beach in Connecticut is interesting because for more than half of the year, we spend our time at the beach fully clothed because it’s so cold.  When that first really warm day hits, everyone heads to the beach and is surprised by how sunburned they get.  Yesterday, my daughter and I spend… Continue Reading

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading

What Does SIBO Have to Do With Bladder Pain?

What Does SIBO Have to Do With Bladder Pain?

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015). This is also seen with women with interstitial… Continue Reading

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Review

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Review

I am not a chef.  In fact, I’ve only ever attended two cooking classes in my life.  But, I am an experienced cook.  I cook about 85-90% of our meals at home.  That’s three meals a day, almost every day.  I have been doing that for at least 6 years.  And, it makes a huge… Continue Reading