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Vaginismus

When a woman experiences a closure of her vaginal opening that is stiff and located about 1 1/2 inches inside the vagina (not at the very outside), this may be a condition called “vaginismus”. Vaginismus is an unconscious spasming of the pelvic floor muscles that surround the opening of the vagina.

Pelvic Floor Therapy: What it is and What to expect

Why see a pelvic floor therapist? Many pelvic floor conditions can be managed and healed without surgery. Seeing a physical therapist (PT) or an occupational therapist (OT) who is trained as a pelvic floor therapist may help you better understand your symptoms and design a personalized program to help alleviate your pelvic discomfort or pain […]

Vaginal Renewal ® Program: Overview & Getting Started

The Vaginal Renewal ® Program is a non-pharmaceutical, hormone-free, low cost way for women to address vaginal dryness and atrophy, or thinning of the skin. Who is it for? Women or any female-bodied person who: Has gone through menopause Has gone through cancer treatments or had a hysterectomy Is taking oral contraceptives Is experiencing discomfort or pain during […]

A Guide to Maintaining Sexual Health Through Menopause

The transition leading up to and after menopause means a lot of changes to a woman’s body. Many of these changes affect sexuality and intimacy. However,  there is actually quite a bit a woman can do to maintain her sexual health and sexual vitality throughout and after menopause. We encourage you to read more about the […]

High Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Too much of a good thing With all of the focus on strengthening the pelvic floor, there seems to be a silent epidemic of inflexibly tight pelvic floor muscles. You’ll see advice (which I don’t agree with) to ”do 100 kegels in the car on the way to work”, but with no relaxation component. Active relaxation is as important […]

Pain and Discomfort of the Vulva and Vagina

There are many potential causes for pain or discomfort in the vulvar region or the vaginal canal. Conditions and dysfunction in the pelvic region can be tricky to describe and are often interrelated. You will want to work with your health care provider to correctly diagnose your specific issue, but working from a place of […]

Postpartum Recovery and Sexuality

Postpartum Sexual Health Issues How can I heal my perineum? Many women experience damage to the perineum (the area between the vaginal opening and the anus) during delivery. Here are some helpful techniques to speed your recovery: 1. Apply ice packs for the first 24 hours after delivery to reduce swelling, then switch to daily […]

Urinary Incontinence

First, you’re not alone. Urinary incontinence (involuntary loss of urine) is very common for women, yet is severely underreported due to embarrassment. Thirty-nine percent of women aged 20-45 involuntarily release urine with coughing, sneezing, jumping or laughing (stress incontinence). Women over the age of 45 are even more likely to experience stress incontinence (51.2%), and […]

How to Avoid Reoccurring UTIs

Vaginal penetration is the number one cause of urinary tract infections (UTI’s) in women. It might seem that UTIs occur because bacteria are physically pushed inside the urethra (the tube which carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body). Instead, it appears that vaginal penetration can cause irritation of the urethra itself, […]

Painful Scrotum

Tenderness, discomfort, or pain of the testes and/or traces of blood in ejaculate may indicate a case of epididymitis. Most men never notice the epididymus (pronounced “ep-e-DIh-deh-mus”) unless they have a problem with it, so don’t be surprised to learn you have one behind each testicle. Sperm are manufactured in the testicles all throughout a […]