Exercise, The Female Athlete, and the Pelvic Floor

Fiona McMahon PT, DPT In honor of National Women’s Health and Fitness Day ,September  28, we are exploring the benefits of regular exercise for women as well as addressing some pitfalls (pelvic floor included), that female athletes can fall into too. It is far too often that women find themselves sidelined from their favorite sports …

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Beyond Basics’s Pro-Bono Clinic for PT Day of Service!

Victoria LaManna, DPT October is around the corner! And a busy month for many. Whether you are getting back into the swing of school or work after summer vacation, preparing your Halloween costume or getting ready for all the upcoming holidays right around the corner – there is a lot going on! This time of …

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The Things We Put “Up There”, Part I

By Fiona McMahon, DPT This might seem like an odd topic to post about, but when you think about it, there seem to be more and more products on the market for you to use on or in your vagina. These products promise a range of different benefits from pelvic pain relief, to making your …

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29 Things Everyone With a Vagina Should Know

As Thanksgiving beckons, we wanted to send you off into the holiday weekend with some enlightening fun. Here, from Buzzfeed's Carolyn Kylstra, is "29 Things Everyone With a Vagina Should Definitely Know." We love the way Kylstra's writing is forthright and informative, and there should definitely be more sexual health writing out there like this! …

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Irritant Information

By Riva Preil On June 9, we posted a fantastic YouTube video on our website entitled “Detox the Box”, a parody on a popular Justin Timberlake song from Saturday Night Live.  This entertaining and informative video encourages viewers to request that Tampax, Always, and Procter and Gamble remove irritants from their feminine hygiene products by …

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Let’s Review: Pelvic Floor Muscles

By Mary Hughes, PT, DPT Urogenital Triangle Ischiocavernosus: Primary Sexual Function: Obstructs venous return and maintains erection of clitoris Bulbospongiosus: Primary Sexual Function: initiates erection of the clitoris, also functions as a vaginal sphincter in females Superficial Transverse Perineum: Stabilizes and strengthens the perineum Levator Ani: functions as a unit. Deep Pelvic Floor Muscles: Pubococcygeus, …

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How Clean is Too Clean?

By Riva Preil Believe it or not, people sometimes overdo it with regards to vaginal hygiene.  This is especially true with regards to individuals with vulvar disorders (ex. eczema, lichen sclerosis, urinary tract infections, or yeast infections).  A common misconception is that the disorder is a result of inadequate cleansing of the vulva, thereby leading …

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Besting Bacterial Vaginosis, Part II

By Riva Preil The diagnostic features of VBD include extreme pain upon attempted vaginal penetration, vestibular pain when touched with a cotton swab, and erythema (redness) in the vestibule.  These are called Freidrich’s criteria.  Treatment includes tricyclic medications (ex. amitriptyline) to alleviate pain, especially in cases of secondary VBD.  Also, antiseizure medications (ex. carbamazepine) and …

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Besting Bacterial Vaginosis

By Riva Preil The #1 cause of vaginal complaints in America is due to bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV is due to the vagina becoming less acidic than it should be which creates and imbalance in the various vaginal bacteria. This creates an unpleasant fish odor in the vagina, and it can also result in increased …

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