women's 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!


Understanding Your Pelvic Floor

I am a FIRM believer in the importance of understanding and knowing your own anatomy. I believe it is significant in the diagnosis process because if you do not know what is normal, how will you know it needs helps?

In this video, I have given you and overview of the general female reproductive anatomy! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Looking "Down Under"

I cannot tell you how many times I have a conversation with my patients about the importance of taking a peek at what’s down under. I wanted to share with you a few of the reasons why it is so important.

If you don’t look, how will you know what your normal is?

If you take a small mirror and look at your vagina, when you have no symptoms, you can look at the color, the size, how things look on you. Because, let’s face it. We’ve seen pictures but what is it really supposed to look like?

Well, everyone is different. Yours will look much different than your best friend and all of the other women in the world.

You can make sure you do not have any colors that do not look like healthy tissue, or even spots that are bleeding. You can check and make sure there is no tissue where it should not be. I then get asked what is a normal color? A healthy pink. Not bright red, or redness which looks like irritated tissue. Without touching, look at what the tissue looks like. Look at your labia majora (big/thick lips), then the minora (thinner lips), spread them apart and look around. Check color, placement, color of any discharge you may have. Get familiar!

I recommend you look before trying to become pregnant, during your prenatal period, during pregnancy, and postpartum. You do not need to look everyday, just become aware of your “normal” and that way you know what to look for when checking! You want to ALWAYS be aware of what is going on down there and be sure you are noting if anything seems off.

If you don’t look, how will you know if something goes wrong?

If you do not take a peek, how will you ever know if the episotomy you had is not healing? How will you know if the incision is infected? How will you know if there is some sort of growth? What about a mole that is becoming discolored or becoming too large? Ingrown hairs? Abnormal colored discharge, because you truly cannot see the color on your panty liner?

You won’t know any of those things unless you do look! I also HIGHLY recommend a pelvic physical therapy assessment during your prenatal, pregnancy, and postpartum phase! That way you have a skilled set of eyes to take a look as well and determine whether your tissue is healing/looks healthy, whether you potentially need to have a hormone panel done, etc.

You will be more in tune with your body knowing your own anatomy (e.g. during sex, masturbation)

This one makes many women uncomfortable but I have to say it anyways:
masturbation is good for you. It helps to keep your tissues healthy and if you are having orgasms and increasing the blood flow to the area, you will be less likely to have less lubrication later on in life which decreases symptoms of dryness and decreases pain with intercourse, the need for hormones, use of extra lubrication, etc. So, ladies, if you are not having intercourse don’t be afraid to help with your own health!!!

Now, there is a lot of information about this topic out there and how to do it, etc. I am not a huge fan of going straight for the vibrators or straight for the toys. The reason for this is exactly what I’m talking about in this blog. I want you to explore your own body. I want my patients to know exactly where things are, we go through the anatomy, I want them to know what feels good and what doesn’t. Being able to do so while also pleasuring yourself is just a win-win!!

This is especially important for patients who experience pain with intercourse. That way you can still get the benefits!!!

As mentioned before, I highly recommend a visit to your local pelvic physical therapist to have a second set of eyes on you and to also help teach you and educate you about what to look for!!

Happy looking!