Vulvodynia Treatment Advice

What is vulvodynia? Vulvodynia is a condition that at least 10 to 20% of women will experience at some point in their lifetime. It involves the nerves of the vulva (the area outside the vaginal opening) becoming sensitised, which commonly results in a sensation of burning, stinging, rawness, generalised pain or soreness in this area.…

Painful periods and Endometriosis Advice

Should periods be painful? It is common for some women or adolescents to experience discomfort during part of their period. Period pain is not normal when: Pain starts before bleeding commences and/or extends past the first few days of your period The pain does not respond to pain medications or the contraceptive pill The pain…

Pelvic Pain Conditions Explained

Pelvic, sexual and vulval pain are hidden problems and women often suffer in silence, or due to misdiagnosis, for years before they find help. They are very distressing problems and cause both physical and emotional suffering. People with pelvic or sexual pain may have been diagnosed with vaginismus, vulvodynia, dyspareunia, endometriosis, pudendal neuralgia, painful bladder…

Pelvic Organ Prolapse after Childbirth

Being diagnosed with a pelvic organ prolapse can provoke mixed emotions, particularly if very little information is provided at the time of diagnosis or you have attempted self-diagnosis, and suspect you have the condition based on symptoms alone. The first year after having a baby can be particularly hard as improvements may be slow while…

Menopause and Pelvic Organ Prolapse

If you are going through the next stage of life as a woman, you might have felt a bulge in the vagina or had a routine smear and been told you have pelvic organ prolapse. It can be a difficult and scary time, and if you google pelvic organ prolapse some worrying images can be…

Common Pelvic Floor Problems

Common pelvic health problems are listed below and further information on management options for each condition can be found in our blog. Stress Urinary Incontinence When you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or with other activities such as sport, running or lifting, this is known as ‘stress urinary incontinence’. It is a common…

Pelvic Floor Anatomy

Your pelvic floor muscles sit between your pubic bone, coccyx (tailbone) and sitting bones, stretching like a trampoline across the base of the pelvis. These muscles support your pelvic organs – the bladder, bowel and uterus in women, and the urethra (front passage, from the bladder), vagina (birth canal, from the uterus) and rectum (back…

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Pelvic Floor Health – The Facts

Physiotherapists working in the field of pelvic health help women with a range of conditions including bladder and bowel concerns, bothersome heaviness and discomfort associated with pelvic organ prolapse, persistent pelvic pain and sexual pain. Pelvic health concerns are common throughout all stages of life, but can be particularly problematic during the childbearing years and…

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4 Tips to help you sleep better

4 tips to help you sleep better The fact that sleep is important is an understatement – we spend a lot of time doing it, it is a basic human need to function well, and specifically in Physiotherapy it is an important factor for recovery and wellness. Studies show that poor and reduced sleep is…