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WHY I BECAME A PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

Updated: May 8, 2020

I OFTEN SAY THAT I WISH I KNEW WHAT I KNOW NOW BEFORE I HAD MY CHILDREN, BUT THAT IS THE WHOLE REASON WHY I GOT INTO PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIO IN THE FIRST PLACE.

I HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRLS, 7 AND 5, AND THE FIRST PREGNANCY WAS PRETTY UNREMARKABLE. I DID HAVE MILD URINARY INCONTINENCE AFTER THE BIRTH OF MY FIRST BUT NOTHING I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT. I ALSO USED TO THINK IT WAS NORMAL TO HAVE SOME LEAKAGE AFTER HAVING BABIES AND THAT IT WAS JUST PART OF THE GIG. THEN A COUPLE YEARS LATER I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY SECOND CHILD. I HAD A LINGERING COUGH FOR MONTHS AND EVERY TIME I COUGHED I WOULD HAVE SOME INCONTINENCE. IT WAS ONLY IN SMALL AMOUNTS BUT THIS BECAME VERY ANNOYING AND I BEGAN TO WEAR A PANTYLINER DAILY. AGAIN I WASN’T TOO CONCERNED.

IT WASN’T UNTIL AFTER THE BIRTH OF MY SECOND DAUGHTER THAT I GREW CONCERNED. OKAY HERE’S THE REAL EMBARRASSING PART TO SHARE TO THE WORLD. WHEN HAVING INTERCOURSE WITH MY HUSBAND I NOTICED THAT THINGS FELT….WELL….A LITTLE LOOSE DOWN THERE. I DEBATED WHETHER TO SHARE MY CONCERNS WITH MY HUSBAND AND DID CHOOSE TO ASK “DO THINGS FEEL A LITTLE DIFFERENT TO YOU?” HIS REPLY WAS A “YES”

LUCKILY THAT FOLLOWING WEEKEND MY PELVIC PHYSIO FRIEND WAS OVER FOR A VISIT AND SHE SUGGESTED AN ASSESSMENT TO DETERMINE AN EFFECTIVE FORM OF TREATMENT. AND YES THAT INVOLVES INTERNAL VAGINAL EXAMINATION. I THOUGHT IT WAS TOTALLY WEIRD TO HAVE MY FRIEND DOWN THERE BUT WAS GLAD I MADE THE CHOICE TO GO HEAD WITH THE EXAMINATION.

WHAT I LEARNED WAS QUITE SHOCKING ACTUALLY. I LEARNED THAT I COULD NO LONGER CONTRACT MY PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES AT ALL!! AS A PHYSIOTHERAPIST WITH EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HUMAN BODY AND AS A WOMAN WHO THOUGHT SHE KNEW HER BODY, THIS WAS A BIG SURPRISE. I ALSO LEARNED THAT I HAD A PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE; A RECTOCELE TO BE EXACT. THIS CAN HAPPEN WITH DELIVERY AND IS VERY COMMON. MY RECTUM WAS PROTRUDING INTO MY VAGINA! SOUNDS GROSS RIGHT? ONCE I FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW TO USE MY PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES AGAIN AKA KEGELS, MY FRIEND GAVE ME A SERIES OF EXERCISES TO PERFORM. I OFTEN DID THESE EXERCISES WHILE NURSING MY DAUGHTER SINCE I WAS JUST SITTING THERE ANYWAY. NO WORD OF A LIE BUT WITHIN 4 DAYS. YES 4 DAYS! I NOTICED A BIG DIFFERENCE. I WAS ABLE TO CONTRACT AND HOLD MY PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES, AND SEX WAS BETTER!!!!!

AFTER THIS I DECIDED THAT I NEEDED TO LEARN PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY AND I WANTED TO BE ABLE TO HELP WOMEN LIKE I HAD BEEN HELPED. THAT WAS THE START OF MY PELVIC HEALTH JOURNEY.



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