Sexual Health

How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia

How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia Vulvodynia affects over 14 million people in the US alone. This complex pain syndrome is a frustrating condition to treat. Vulvodynia is a condition that causes pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule). The root cause of vulvodynia is not fully understood. Vulvodynia is most bothersome when provoked and when the tissue is irritated. This often happens during sex, when wiping…

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The Role of Rehabilitation Medicine in Chronic Pelvic Pain

It was my honor to interview Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, MD, founder of Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine about the role of rehabilitation medicine in chronic pelvic pain. Rehabilitation medicine includes the tools of pain and nervous system modulation medications, specific injections to improve local pain in the pelvis, including pelvic nerve pain, and management and referrals for integrative healing. At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, the physicians are on the cutting edge of pain…

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Solutions for Vulvovaginal Atrophy

Vulvovaginal Atrophy is Common   Vaginal dryness and vulvovaginal atrophy is a common problem for women. In the United States alone, 32 million women suffer from vulvovaginal atrophy in perimenopause and post-menopause. The symptoms associated with vulvovaginal atrophy include dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, burning, and painful urination. In perimenopause and menopause, vulvovaginal atrophy and dryness are primarily related to the decline in estrogen. With estrogen…

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Is Blood Sugar Instability Related To Chronic Pelvic Pain?

Is blood sugar instability related to chronic pelvic pain? The short answer is, yes! Usually, until a person is diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, they don't know that they have blood sugar instability. But, there are some simple ways to determine if your patient’s blood sugar instability and/or insulin resistance is related to their chronic pelvic pain or other chronic pain. When mindfully listening to your patients share their health…

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Endometriosis and Fatigue: Relieving pain and fatigue, and improving fertility with an integrative approach

  Up to 80% of pelvic pain is related to endometriosis, and 176 million girls and women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. Helping women to overcome endometriosis requires a multidisciplinary, integrative approach.  There is no silver bullet solution to endometriosis, but when we take a collaborative approach and dig until we find each patient’s individual healing recipe of therapies, mindsets, and support, healing is available. What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a…

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Using an Elimination Diet to Relieve Vulvodynia and IBS

Functional Nutrition Treatment Options for Vulvodynia and IBS When the pain of vulvodynia hits - the painful sex, the pain with wearing tight pants, the pain with just sitting through a movie! - you just want it gone. Fortunately, by taking an integrative approach and getting to the root cause of your vulvodynia, it's possible to relieve your pain for the long term! You might have heard of seeking specialized…

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Pelvic Pain and Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Terry Wahls

Chronic Pelvic Pain and Autoimmunity... Is there a connection? In my practice, many of my patients who struggle with chronic pelvic pain also have autoimmune conditions.  Even those who don't have clear autoimmune diagnoses, often have autoimmune issues - such as intestinal barrier inflammation, food sensitivities, immune hyper-responsiveness, and chronic inflammation. In this interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, we discussed her approach to reversing autoimmune disease, and the connections between…

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Postpartum Care is Undervalued and Underserved, How You Can Help

A Rare and Needed Service: Providing Postpartum Care by Providing Skilled Health Coaching Services to New Mothers Just under 4 million babies are born in the United States each year (1), approximately 700,000 in the UK (2), and over 300,000 in Australia (3).  In total, 130 million babies are born in the world every year! (4) After having a baby, the healthcare focus generally shifts from the pregnant woman to…

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Healthy Estrogen Detox Smoothie

Enjoy my recipe for this Healthy Estrogen Detox Smoothie, which is perfect for anyone struggling with estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance is a common issue for women with endometriosis, ovarian cysts, PCOS, PMS, painful periods, fibroids, and breast tenderness. Also, for women who struggle with weight loss resistance or insomnia, elevated estrogen compared with progesterone (otherwise known as estrogen dominance), is a serious challenge. Fortunately, there are nutrition and lifestyle strategies…

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How Adrenal Health and Hormone Balance Support Pelvic Pain Relief

Cortisol and Pelvic Pain Imbalanced cortisol levels throughout the day have been directly related to chronic pain, in general and in patients with chronic pelvic pain.  High cortisol and pelvic pain is more often found in men with pelvic pain, and in women with pelvic pain, flattened cortisol curves are more common (Goodin et al., 2012.) Surprisingly, the foundation of the endocrine system is not the sex hormones, it's the…

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