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Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

Media Appearances by Heather Jeffcoat on Women's Health Issues


Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
has been a featured writer in a number of print publications, and her increasing recognition as a leading expert in her field has resulted in appearances on "Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew" , US News & World ReportHuffington PostABC NewsCosmopolitanWomen’s HealthBustle, "Sex With Emily" with Dr. Emily Morse, in New York Magazine and Health Magazine, to name but a few. The demand for her expertise is on the rise as more and more women seek to remedy the issues that Heather and her team regularly deal with.

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Why Your Vagina Burns
Have you ever wondered why your vagina burns either during or after penetrative sex? Healthline reached out to me for answers to this burning question, and I was glad to reply. Here is a brief synopsis of the article with a link to the full article below.

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Sex should be good. Like, really, really good.

It definitely shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable, and yet, for far too many people, it is.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), nearly 3 out of every 4 vulva owners will experience pain during intercourse at some point in their lives. And one of the most common types of pain is a burning sensation.

If this has happened to you, know that it isn’t “normal” and you don’t have to “put up with it.”

Read more: Healthline | Why Your Vagina...

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Pregnancy Workouts at Home
According to their About Us page, Boxrox are "the world's biggest online magazine for fans of CrossFit® and functional fitness". They recently reached out to me for my opinion on maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts during pregnancy, and I was more than glad to give them my thoughts on this important topic. Here is a brief excerpt from the article with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat

Learn how to adapt your training to maximise the health of you and your baby during pregnancy.

These pregnancy workouts at home will help you make the right decisions for you and your baby when it comes to fitness, exercise and training. 

We have also included a week by week guide to training during the first Trimester, alongside advice about the benefits and other factors to watch out for. 

PREGNANCY WORKOUTS AT HOME

This is a guide, so you should always consult a professional coach that can help you analysise your respective fitness level and program accordingly. 

REASONS WHY EXERCISE IN PREGNANCY IS IMPORTANT

Exercise in pregnancy – benefit or risk?

Read more: Boxrox | Pregnancy Workouts...

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Mommy Diary podcast

The host of the Mommy Diary podcast, Angela Kim, recently reached out to me for a wide ranging interview on prenatal and postpartum pelvic floor health, and I was glad to spend this valuable time with her. A link to the full podcast is below.

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The secret's out: peeing your pants after birth does not have to be your new state of normal.

Yes, you read that correctly. I was just as surprised as you to learn that physical therapy can be the answer, and my guest, Dr. Heather Jeffcoat, is the expert. Heather is the owner of Femina Physical Therapy with 3 Los Angeles locations. She is pilates-certified and a certified fascial stretch therapist. Today she's providing us with valuable knowledge on the functions of the pelvic floor and the importance of it's health.

During this episode, Heather exploits myths about vaginal pain and the benefits of pelvic health. This is very important because she stated 9 out of 10 women have pain during sex after birth. There is no doubt that pelvic floor physical therapists are the best kept secret in medicine for moms.

Read more: Mommy Diary | Understanding...

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Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
I was asked by Shelby Heinrich of BuzzFeed for my advice on how peeing too often can affect your bladder health, and how to stop emptying your bladder when it's only half full instead of at full capacity. Here is a brief summary with a link to the full article.

Heather Jeffcoat

I don't know about you, but I was always taught growing up that it's good to pee before leaving the house, "just in case."

Not really sure if you actually need to go? Just pop a squat and see what happens!

Makes sense, right? Why not pee now in order to avoid having to pee later, at a more inconvenient time? Well, according to TikToker @nosuchthingastmi, it's actually not a good idea!

In the TikTok, she explains that if you frequently urinate when you don't actually need to, you're emptying your bladder when it's only half full instead of at full capacity.

This can lead to increased feelings of urgency because your bladder gets used to functioning at a lower capacity than it's supposed to. Once that happens, you need to retrain your bladder so it stops signaling that it needs to be emptied when it's really only half full.

Read more: BuzzFeed | A Woman On TikTok...

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Penis Bumpers To Make Sex Enjoyable and Pain-Free When a Partner (or Toy) Is Just too long

Painful penetration is common—in fact research shows that 75 percent of vagina-owners will experience it at some point in their lifetime. But, common is not synonymous with acceptable. Unless pain during penetration is a sensation you’re actively seeking out, the experience of it can be a sign that something is going on with your body.

If you’re experiencing pain during penetration, your first and second stops should be your OB/GYN and a trauma-informed pelvic floor therapist who can help you suss out the underlying cause. Your third stop? A sex shop for a penis bumper, which is a sex aid that can be used on any phallus, including dildos, G-spot vibrators, and wands. It's designed to slide down a shaft of the person or toy doing the penetrating, thus eliminating some of its length to prevent as much from going inside the receiver's vagina or anus.

Read more: Well and Good | 5 Penis...

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2 Tests to Help Determine if One Shoulder Is Stronger Than the Other

In an ideal world, we would all have perfectly balanced strength and crush workouts left and right. But here in the real world, however, many people struggle with muscular imbalances that make certain movements extra challenging.

Shoulder imbalances are particularly prevalent, says Kasia Gondek, physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy. It's common — but not normal — for one shoulder to have less strength, activation or coordination than the other, Dr. Gondek says:

Read more: Livestrong | 2 Tests to Help...

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