pelvic health

Meet Your Vagina Doctor Day

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Thank you so much for joining my family and being a part of my blogs. I love being able to share with you all the things about my life and things I’ve gone through. 

I want to get to know you and I think it's important that you get to know me. 

When it comes to choosing your care team, I think it's extremely important to "get" the person. So I felt I needed to let you into my story and hopefully it will resonate with you. 

Feel free to reach out to me as I would love to learn more about you too. 

I read my emails and I do not bite so feel free to tell me about yourself! 

I believe the biggest thing about choosing a healthcare provider is to truly get to know them and have a relationship with them. It is something that is missed out on a lot....and something I refuse to give up. 

Without a relationship and a connection, how in the world can I expect you to trust me with your care or to guide you?  

This month, each week you are going to get a new glimpse into my story. 

Next week, you will be reading “The Beginning of the Journey!”

See you then! 

KEY tips from the workshop yesterday...

If you missed out on the workshop, don’t worry! I’ve written this in order to give you some of the key tips from what we learned!

I feel like workshops are such a great way to introduce myself and get the information out there that no-one else is talking about. I’m so excited when I get an interactive group that asks questions.
Some of the questions asked:

What is another product to use other than tampons for my menstrual cycle?

We discussed menstrual cups and how to pick the proper size. Be sure you are looking at the labels and you may have to try a few different brands. Sometimes the “smallest size” is still too much. I use the smallest size of the diva cup and it took me a few tries to get it inserted properly!

What can I do to prevent having to pee before a workout, during, and leaking with double unders?

This is typically the most common question I get. How do I stop leaking with double unders? You first have to understand that your pelvic floor muscles can be either too tight or they can be too weak. If they are too tight, then you are resisting the bladder from releasing all of the urine. If they are too tight you have to down train the pelvic floor musculature.

We started by finding our diaphragm and figuring out if we were breathing correctly. To do this, you want to be in sitting or laying down. You will wrap your hands around your lower rib cage. You will take a deep breathe in. You want to feel your breathe in the front of your core (belly), sides, and also your low back. The reason for this is because your diaphragm attaches to all angles and you will want to make sure you are working all angles of it.

Then we laid with our legs up and we used a balloon for resistance. We were breathing in through our nose, feeling relaxation in our pelvic floor, and feeling our entire core breathe and then we breathe out to blow the balloon up. We then breathe in again without sucking air back in! It’s not as easy as it sounds!

Once you are feeling as if you are totally able to relax your pelvic floor muscles, you want to work on coordination and performing kegels with your breathing out. Once you breathe in and relax the pelvic floor, you then breathe out and contract your pelvic floor. This helps to build coordination and get the signaling to and from the bladder and brain back to normal!

We also discussed bladder habits. 1/2 your body weight in ounces of PURE WATER, no hovering or squatting over a toilet, get a squatty potty, and making sure you are relaxing the pelvic floor completely when urinating.

What is diastasis recti? How do I check for it? Is it bad to do kegels with a diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is when your core muscles seperate from midline of your body. This does not only occur with pregnancy. It can happen to men and even women who have not been and are not pregnant.

We learned to assess for diastasis by laying on our back with our knees bent, having our fingers follow the midline of the core, and have the person lift her head. You can perform this yourself, totally doable! You are looking for if you have doming or protrusion of things coming up from midline, you are looking for sinking into the belly further, or you are looking for the muscles on the sides to contract and squeeze your fingers as well as feeling for tissue to push you up gently.

What amazing questions! It was so valuable to hear from my audience with the things that THEY want to hear and now I want to hear from you!

Please click here to schedule a time to chat with me so we can get your questions answered!


Don't Miss Out!

If you are in the Tampa Bay area, I’d love to see you at my next workshop!

I LOVE doing workshops because it gives you the opportunity to meet me in person, ask questions, and get really comfortable with talking about the things not being talked about.

I’d love for you to sign up HERE!

I will be recording and there will be availability for those of you all over the world to catch the workshop too!!

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Let's Talk About It...

What is your vagina supposed to look like?

I know, I said it. Out loud and everyone is uncomfortable. But let me tell you something. If you do not know what “normal” or “supposed to look like is, then how will you ever know if something is wrong or not? I mean, come on!

There are some things to consider when using the word “normal” though. First and foremost, please understand that everyone is different. All vaginas are different. All labias are different. All clitoris’s are different.

What I mean when I say “normal” is, are you seeing what you have always seen or are you seeing something out of place?

Your vagina is adaptable. You will go through changes and notice differences when you become pregnant and postpartum, menopause, etc. but you should still be in tune with what your “normal” is so that you know when seeing someone is necessary.

I have attached a video talking about just general anatomy of the vagina, but please note there are many more layers. I will be presenting this the best I can for future purposes, so keep checking my youtube channel!

Okay, so we are ready to look. I recommend either a deep squat with a mirror on the floor, or sitting with a handheld between your legs or a mirror on the floor in front of you.

What are we looking for?

After watching the video below, you want to consider these things for YOUR vagina:

  1. Color of tissue. You should have a nice pink, healthy color to your vagina, especially inside the labia "lips)

  2. Labia. Pay attention to how your tissue typically lays. Do you have the labia minora that is going further than the labia majora (this is not a negative thing), is the labia hanging down? Get to know your labia!

  3. What happens when you kegel. When you properly perform a pelvic floor contraction, do you notice a nice, healthy close and lift? If not, why?

  4. What happens when you cough. Is there tissue coming out? Is there discharge coming out with coughing? Do you close and lift with your cough?

  5. Where is your clit? I know, you’re laughing. That’s okay! But if you know where it is, you are more likely to be able to get the sensations you truly want and be able to communicate with your partner.

  6. How wide is your hole? This is important because when you become pregnant and when you give birth, this can change, but you need to be able to understand what is your normal.

Hopefully you are viewing what you need to be viewing! If you are still curious and need some help, reach out and let me know!

But with that being the normal stuff you should know about, what are some things to be concerned about?

  1. Tissue color being red, purple, or any color not pink. If there is blood or any tissue color that may be abnormal, please note you should get that checked. This includes warts, spots, moles that are abnormal, new “pimples” or spots as well.

  2. Tissue coming to the outside of your vagina. This can be an indicator of prolapse or something going on that needs to be treated.

If you notice that your anatomy does not look like that of the pictures or my video DON”T FREAK OUT! It may be totally normal. Please understand that you could have a perfectly normal vagina, just different anatomy.

I often find myself bringing out a mirror to show my patients what they should be looking for. Please let me know if you need this! I can find someone in your area to help you.

In the mean time….happy vagina searching!!

Patient Testimonial Kathryn Swanson

I am SO PROUD of this lady! She came to me with feelings of frustration and not knowing if she was going to be able to run after her kids, or go to the park without leakage or worrying about whether there is a bathroom or not.

She stepped outside of her comfort zone, asked for help, and met her goals! We have also became such great friends since then!