Pregnancy Possibilities?

By Riva Preil Kudos to Rebecca Schuman for sharing her much appreciated and entertaining perspective regarding the recent New York Times pregnancy videos.  The videos featured Clara Horowitz Peterson, an elite distance runner, who maintains her high level of physical activity throughout pregnancies.  Clara shares several tips and techniques with viewers, and she teaches exercises …

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(More) Kegels for Men?!

By Riva Preil Women have long been familiar with the benefits of pelvic floor strengthening exercises, colloquially referred to as “Kegels,” in honor of Dr. Arnold Kegel, the individual who first described them in 1948.  Almost any woman who has ever been pregnant has been told by her doctor, sister, or friend to engage in …

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Kegels for Men?!

While Kegel exercises have typically been prescribed for women's health, men richly benefit from them as well. Just as with women, the muscles in a man's pelvic floor are the foundations of urinary and sexual health. As author Roni Carin Rabin writes in an article in this week's New York Times, "Like all muscles, these …

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In Case You Missed Them: Great Health Resources!

In case you missed them, here are a few great resources and insights about pelvic health from the last few weeks. Sex Therapist Talli Rosenbaum on The Pelvic Messenger, Interviewed by Alexandra Milspaw, PhD, LPC On The Pelvic Messenger radio show, internationally renowned sex therapist Talli Rosenbaum spoke with healthcare educator Alexandra Milspaw about using …

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C-Section Connection?

By Riva Preil On Monday, March 3, 2014,  New York Times writer Nicholas Bakalar suggested an interesting and somewhat shocking connection in an article- that babies delivered via cesarean section were more likely to develop obesity as adults. Bakalar reviewed data from 15 previous observational studies and discovered that C-section babies were 26% more likely …

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Discovering it A.L.L.!

By Riva Preil The New York Times reported recently that Belgian scientists discovered the existence of a new ligament in the knee, the anterolateral ligament (A.L.L.) which stabilizes the knee joint by connecting the femur to the tibia.  The information was initially greeted with excitement by the medical community, however shortly thereafter, skepticism and doubt …

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Pesticides = Endometriosis?

By Riva Preil Pesticides, plant protection products, have been linked with irritation of the skin and eyes, nervous and reproductive system problems, and possibly even cancer. Unfortunately, recent research has revealed that pesticides are associated with endometriosis. There is no clear cause of endometriosis, a condition characterized by an overgrowth of the uterine lining outside …

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On Laurie Edwards and WISH

By Riva Preil Kudos to Laurie Edwards for her recent contribution to The New York Times regarding gender differences in experiencing pain and in responding to medications! Ms. Edwards, a writing teacher at Northwestern University and author of “In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America,” herself suffers from a …

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Vaginal Pain and Physical Therapy

As Amy writes in her book "Heal Pelvic Pain," there is much one can do to ease pelvic pain with physical therapy. In an article from the New York Times, "Persistence is Key to Treating Vaginal Pain," Jane Brody writes about this as well. Check out the article here, and congratulations to our colleagues Deborah …

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