5 tips you need to know before returning to intercourse postpartum

Returning to intercourse after delivering a baby can be daunting for many women. Whether you had a cesarean or vaginal birth, intercourse may not feel the same as it was before baby. Common statements I hear from postpartum mamas include “I had an episiotomy and/or vaginal tearing, will I re-injure myself if I have sex?” […]

Is pain down there normal?

Despite the diagnosis your physician may have given you, I am here to tell you that pain down there is NOT normal. Yes, there are a plethora of diagnoses relating to pelvic pain. Many of them are directly related to the pelvic region such as vulvodynia, vaginismus, endometriosis, adenomyosis, pelvic pain syndrome and interstitial cystitis. […]

Why your bladder (still) hates pumpkin spice lattes

As Autumn approaches, I long for my favorite season: A warm bulky sweater, crisp, cool air and of course, a Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). This was my favorite time of year until I moved to Los Angeles, said goodbye to changing seasons, and learned a thing or two about bladder health. Starbucks is currently advertising […]

What to expect at a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation

If you’re experiencing pelvic pain, relentless hip issues, bowel or bladder dysfunction or coccyx pain, a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation could be your next step towards finding a solution. These evaluations help not only assess the pelvic floor, but they also look at whole posture and movement as well. A pelvic floor physical therapy […]

Are you drowning your bladder with fluid overload?

Of all the advice I give patients, the subject of fluid intake is the one that I receive the most push back on. Many patients come to me with symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency or incontinence but do not want to accept the fact that their fluid intake may be part of the culprit. […]

Are you practicing safe Pilates?

This past weekend I attended a two-day course in San Diego learning how to incorporate Pilates into my pelvic floor physical therapy practice. It was amazing to be surrounded by 30 other female PT’s who are just as excited about pelvic floor PT as I am! (#nerds). The course instructor was a Certified Pilates Instructor […]

What you need to know about exercise during pregnancy

So you are pregnant? Congratulations! There is no better time than a positive pregnancy test to get yourself active and moving. You are now responsible for not only the health of yourself but also the health of your baby. What you eat, drink and the activities you participate in will directly affect that little nugget […]

Three simple exercises to ease constipation

In my last blog post, I explained how tight pelvic floor muscles can cause or worsen constipation. You can read more about that here. Generally, physicians diagnose constipation when a person has less than three bowel movements per week. However, if you are not having a bowel movement daily or your poop looks like pebbles, […]