Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles inside the vagina tighten, close up, or spasm. This tightening is associated with painful vaginal sex or painful vaginal penetration of any kind, such as pain with inserting a tampon or undergoing a gynecologic examination.

How to Relax Your Pelvic Floor

By |2023-10-02T01:11:14-07:00February 21, 2023|

If anyone’s ever told you, “Just relax!” in response to stress, you know how, well, stressful those instructions can be. Indeed, figuring out how to “relax” when we are in a tense state can feel impossible, unless explicit instructions are given. Now, imagine you are told to relax muscles you didn’t even know existed. This is the reality for approximately 1 in 3 women in the US who will experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) in their ...

Dismissed Symptoms: When Your Doctor Isn’t Listening

By |2023-09-20T11:08:37-07:00February 21, 2023|

If you think it’s all in your head that your doctor isn’t listening to you when you ask for help with symptoms and health issues, it’s not. Three years ago, TODAY did a study about how women felt doctors didn’t truly hear them or listen to them in office visits and emergency rooms.     The survey’s findings included many personal stories from women who had had their serious conditions dismissed by doctors, but also some shocking statistics. Twenty ...

Misunderstanding Women’s Pain

By |2023-10-01T23:25:27-07:00February 21, 2023|

It seems ironic that while we have access to more information than ever before, some doctors seem to listen to us less and dismiss us more. Even though it was many years ago, I have strong memories of doctors dismissing my pain. My first ovarian cyst ruptured when I was just 14 years old. The unbearable pain landed me and my parents in an emergency room where a doctor gave me a rather uncomfortable exam, then misdiagnosed me with ...

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