Pelvic Health

Gluten and Endometriosis

  Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial…

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Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

  When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin. Melatonin is an important hormone both for helping people to fall asleep and stay asleep. And, specifically for endometriosis, melatonin acts as an anti-inflammatory pain reliever at the level of the brain. With increased stress, most of the time, cortisol levels increase generally, throughout the day. But, this is especially problematic when cortisol levels…

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CBD Oil, Cannabis, Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

  Seventy-six percent of women with endometriosis use self-care strategies to manage their pain and other symptoms. (Armour, et al., 2019). In a recent study out of Australia, women with endometriosis related chronic pelvic pain reported that four self-care activities had the most positive effects on their pain: "Cannabis, heat, hemp/CBD oil, and dietary changes were the most highly rated in terms of self-reported effectiveness in pain reduction (with mean…

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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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Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays! The holiday season is finally among us, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate by sharing the women’s health love with your friends and family (plus, get a little something for you!) Here at IWHI we’re picky about the products we recommend. We are personally connected with each of the small businesses we support, and use the products ourselves. This year our holiday focus is on women’s immune…

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Celery Juice – Does It Live Up to The Hype?

Celery juice, the hottest new instagram trend for solving all of your health problems, is probably ridiculous, right? That's what I thought, until I looked at the published literature on the specific health benefits of celery. Let's consider why some people are actually experiencing symptom reduction when starting their day with celery juice... Benefits of Celery Juice and Eating Celery 1. Celery juice has significant antioxidant effect: Celery root water…

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Dark Chocolate Benefits

The beautiful thing about dark chocolate is that it is delicious, and let me share some of the best dark chocolate benefits with you... Dark Chocolate Benefits Certainly some women are highly sensitive to caffeine.  For those women, dark chocolate is not a good choice.  Some women don’t like dark chocolate.  But, often if they are simply used to eating milk chocolate, it's an acquired taste that can be developed…

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New in the IWHI Training VAULT: Post-Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS)

New in the IWHI Training VAULT: Post-Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS).

This month we added a very special training to the IWHI Clinical Education Vault, with Dr. Jolene Brighten, on the effects of Birth Control and how to support your patients. There’s an emerging epidemic facing women globally when they stop taking hormonal birth control. This epidemic is called Post-Birth Control Syndrome (PBCS). It causes major challenges for women’s hormones including hair loss, weight gain, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, libido loss,…

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Should Health Coaches Specialize?

If you’ve recently graduated as a health coach, you’ve got to focus on a clear niche market. I found my niche sometime around the year 2000 when I was practicing as an orthopedic physical therapist in an outpatient clinic in Atlanta.  One of my patients was struggling with shoulder pain due to her recent breast cancer surgery.  She was a remarkable woman, and changed the course of my practice forever.…

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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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