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Femina Physical Therapy blogThe Staff of Femina Physical Therapy Blogs About Vaginismus, Pregnancy and Postpartum Best Practices, Treatments for Incontinence, and More

Learn the difference between an intentional vs. unintentional ruined orgasm and what it all means.

Though a ruined orgasm might sound like it has a simple definition — an orgasm that is ruined or halts before full climax – it can have multiple meanings. Some ruined orgasms are intentional, while others are not and can leave one feeling sexually frustrated. Those that are unintentional can also have multiple causes, both physical and emotional, which vary from person to person.

To get to the bottom of what can cause a ruined orgasm, the difference between an intentional and unintentional ruined orgasm, and how to stop having unintentional ruined orgasms, we reached out to healthcare providers and experts to get professional advice on everything to do with ruined orgasms. 

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Optimizing Your Pelvic Floor Health is No Longer a Secret

As pelvic floor physical therapy gains acceptance amongst an ever widening audience, popular websites such as Next Avenue are providing much needed exposure to their readers.

In a recent article entitled "Could Your Symptoms Point to a Pelvic Floor Disorder?", author Brette Sember quotes Heather Jeffcoat as part of this wide ranging discussion of pelvic floor treatments:

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Photo by Fabian Møller on Unsplash

Believe it or not, the pelvic floor can affect the quality of our breathing.

The opposite is also true:

Promoting efficient diaphragmatic breathing can improve function of the pelvic floor.

In this study by  Zivkovic et al. Zivkovic et al. , diaphragmatic breathing exercises were effective in helping to retrain children with voiding dysfunctions, including bowel and bladder issues. 

This easy habit can also help with managing stress. Studies such as this one by Ma, Yue, Gong, et al. (2017) show that diaphragmatic breathing can improve cognitive performance and reduce negative subjective and physiological consequences of stress in healthy adults.

Other studies like Roditi and Robinson (2011), show that diaphragmatic breathing can help the body break the pain cycle, thereby reducing pain and chronic pain.

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Don’t hover over the toilet seat to pee

Sit down and relax your pelvic floor muscles.

Ok, ok so this tip is always met with some pushback, but to those of you who prefer to hover rather than sit should be aware that this habit is not good for your pelvic floor! Sit down and relax!

Why is hovering so bad for you?

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Every person with a uterus will experience menopause during their lifetime.

Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a term that describes the different genital, sexual, and urinary signs and symptoms that can occur during menopause. 

The symptoms of GSM can greatly affect quality of life, so it is important to be aware the signs so that you can seek out appropriate care and support from your healthcare team.

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Give the gift of pelvic health this holiday season!

Check out these pelvic floor friendly products we have for sale at the clinic. Give us a call or stop by our Montrose or Sherman Oaks locations to purchase some items.

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There are several treatment options to help relieve symptoms of GSM.

Some include hormones, while others do not.

Today we will review some non-hormone treatment options. As always, consult with your physician to help you make the best decisions regarding your health.

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Poster by Dr. Vivienne Cass

A New Year's resolution for your pelvic floor health: learn your anatomy.

Have you ever looked at your genitalia in the mirror? Like REALLY looked at it?

One of the most empowering things you can do for your pelvic health is to take a look at yourself in the mirror and learn your anatomy.

Here is a quick primer on how to stay on top of what's going on down there, including tips on simple self examination and resources to find more information.

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sore feet photo courtesy of Jan Romero at unsplash.com

Simple Yoga Poses for Overcoming Foot Pain

Everyone experiences sore feet at some point during our busy lives. Here are a few simple yoga poses that you can do almost anywhere to relieve the pain of sore feet during the busy holiday season - or anytime for that matter!

Mountain Pose

Become aware of your feet and how you distribute your weight across them.

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"Girls’ Night Out" Showcased InControl Medical's Fabulous Products

Hosted by Femina PT at LA's Big and Tiny

Three expert speakers chatted and answered questions on female pelvic and sexual health.

One of our major sponsors was InControl Medical, the creators of one of my favorite product lines for urinary, bowel and sexual dysfunction. They have three different products that are focused on these basic necessities of female health and wellness.

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Stressed from the holidays?

Try some gentle yoga poses that can be done anywhere you have a little floor space for your yoga mat. 

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Cat/Cow

Cat/Cow is a dynamic yoga movement that links breath with movement. It flows through two poses that warm up the spine, relax low back muscles, hip muscles, pelvic floor muscles, and calms the nervous system. 

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The Holidays can be stressful!

Fortunately, you can help the mind and body relax with these handy techniques.

Deep Breathing

Stress and chronic pain can lead to short and shallow breathing which adds tension to the diaphragm, abdomen, and pelvic floor. Encouraging the body to breathe deeply will unravel the tension inside the body, often held in between the ribs, in the low back, neck, shoulders, belly, and pelvic floor.

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Today, we’d like to highlight an important women’s health issue for females serving in the military - a higher risk of developing both vaginal and urinary tract infections while deployed.

Females in the Military

According to the Defense Department, women now make up 20 percent of the Air Force, 19 percent of the Navy, 15 percent of the Army and almost 9 percent of the Marine Corps. As such a large population, increased awareness and advocacy is needed to ensure that our female troops are getting the best medical care as possible.

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I am starting to teach some Gentle Yoga classes at the Montrose office.

For those of you who may be curious about what Gentle Yoga is, here are some basics:

What is gentle yoga?

In general, gentle yoga is a way of practicing yoga in order to balance the body and calm the nervous system. You will explore a variety of poses to help you with flexibility and strength, all while using breath and movement to calm the mind.

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November is Bladder Health Month!


Urinary incontinence is very common, affecting up to 1 in 3 women. Despite some common beliefs, leaking urine is not a normal part of aging and can be treated, especially with the help of a pelvic floor therapist. Today we’ll cover some common contributing factors that you can be mindful of to prevent urinary incontinence.

What is urinary incontinence?

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Bladder Health Month and the Great American Smokeout - November 21st

In honor of both, today we are going to cover the damage that smoking nicotine products and tobacco use can do on the bladder.

Doctors have known for decades that smoking affects lung and heart health, greatly increasing risk of both lung cancer and heart disease. In recent research, they have been finding that smoking increases risk to various urologic diseases as well.

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Sitting hunched over a desk and computer for hours will lead to a stiff neck and shoulders, a sore lower back and tight hips.

Throw in some office yoga to help refresh the body and mind, try these stretches at least 1x every 2 hours during your work day.

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Personal lubricant (lube) is something most people will use at least once during their sexual lifetimes, if not every time they are sexually active.

What are lubricants?

Lubricants are fluid or gel substances designed to offset genital dryness or inadequate natural lubrication which can be associated with discomfort or pain with sex or general activity. Lubes can be used for sexual activity, or just to alleviate dryness throughout the day.

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It’s transgender awareness week

Today’s post may be elementary to some but nonetheless important!

How is gender different from sexuality? How does gender exist outside the binary of male & female? 

The Gender Unicorn is a brilliant resource developed by Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) that shows the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and physical & emotional attraction. 

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What They Say About Us

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    • Testimonial by S.P., Age 26

      I would like to start off by thanking Heather Jeffcoat for educating me and curing me of Vaginismus. I had been married for almost three years before I was referred to Heather. I never knew about Vaginismus until almost three years into my marriage. I knew something was wrong when I went on my honeymoon and came back a Virgin. I had always imagined how magical my first night would be but boy was I wrong.

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    • Testimonial by A.W., age 32

      I wanted to let you know that my pelvic floor held strong and gave me no trouble whatsoever in my trail race this morning (12 miles)! In a way, I felt like I ran better than ever because my core feels so rock solid from all the exercises you have me doing. That was especially valuable on the technical downhill - I just flew down the trail because I had confidence in my balance and form. Thank you for helping me get back to doing what I love. -- A.W., age 32(completed Post-partum Renewal...

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