You’ve all seen it – the mile-long supplement list your patient brings in. Who knows what all those pills do, or if they need them? If your patient has musculoskeletal pain, curcumin is usually there. Does it work? Do they need it? Do they know something you don’t? You don’t want them being taken [...]
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Being a clinician working in persistent pelvic pain (PPP) you’re working with the whole person. Arguably even more than when you specialise in elbows or necks. Persistent pain is complicated, and when it involves the pelvis, it seems to involve even more layers. We can’t understand a woman’s pelvic pain without knowing about her [...]
Pelvic pain in endometriosis: you might have period pain, pain with sex, pain with bowel motions, or just plain pain with no clear trigger. People don’t understand how bad you can feel. You might go through stages of feeling okay, and being able to do some stuff. And then the pain really hits you [...]
Beyond its critical roles in brain function and heart health, estrogen keeps your vulva and vagina happy. Specifically, it helps vaginal lubrication, vaginal immune health and bladder and urethral health. Low estrogen can contribute to all kinds of genital problems. There are at least five reasons why your doctor might recommend you try using [...]
A tour of the vulva may sound like a strange concept. But many women (and men) have a few gaps in their knowledge as far as the vulva goes. This video might help. (It's ok if you don't know what the vulva is. It's the area downstairs, the area between your legs. Where your vagina [...]
So you're struggling with painful sex. I bet you didn't think of physiotherapy for this! This might come as a surprise, but physiotherapy might be exactly what you need to solve your problems with painful sex. I've written a lot about this, but if you want to avoid reading to much, I have summed up [...]
The anatomy of the pelvis and vulva can be confusing. How are you supposed to know when no one even really talks about it? I have created this 5-minute video to help. I give you a bit of a tour through the vulva, using a 3-D model of the pelvis to make it all make [...]
Thrush loves sugar, Candida loves candy: it’s a piece of naturopathic wisdom. Or is it just folklore? Is there any real evidence for it? Many women who have experienced chronic or recurrent vaginal thrush suspect it: Sugar is not the vagina’s friend. I treat women with ongoing thrush problems all the time, and when [...]
If you watched the Four Corners special on supplements and the Australian Complementary Medicines Industry, you might think you are being taken for a ride! Here’s a few things to consider if you watched the Four Corners special. The program focused almost entirely on multivitamins and –minerals, which are by definition hardly targeted interventions. [...]
One major factor in the development of autoimmune disease is increased intestinal permeability. Or, in fewer letters: leaky gut. If your gut is a mosquito net, imagine puncturing a few small holes in it: that’s leaky gut. Sounds minor, but as anyone who has had a holey mosquito net when camping can attest, it’s [...]