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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" , "Girl Boner Radio" with August McLaughlin, "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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Many of us know Kegels as the dreaded exercise our doctor tells us to do while standing in line at the store or sitting at a red light, but these pelvic floor exercises have a valuable place in your daily to-do list during pregnancy.

What are Kegel exercises?

Named after gynecologist Arnold Kegel, these exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which stretch during pregnancy and childbirth. If done correctly, Kegels can minimize stretching and make the muscles in your pelvic and vaginal area strong.

Read more: Healthline: Everything You...

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Back pain sucks indeed, but luckily, there are ways around it with these positions.

Back pain is indeed a complete pain, but what should you do when you have needs? It depends!

Read more: Cosmo: 5 Blissful Sex...

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Michael Castleman M.A. has written an informative article for Psychology Today about women's options for self help when it comes to painful intercourse.

According to the landmark “Sex In America” survey (1994), sexual pain afflicts around 20 percent of American women—15 percent before menopause, 33 percent after. That’s such a shame. Except for consensual BDSM, sex should never hurt, not even the first time.

Read more: Psychology Today: Effective...

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Healthline has once again reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for her expert opinion on staying healthy via postural exercise.

Foam roller: $25

These firm, yet comfortably supportive rollers are great for doing basic postural exercises to advanced core stabilization techniques, says Heather Jeffcoat, physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor.

Read more: Healthline: How to Build a...

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The website Scary Mommy has reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for some tips on "Pandemic Poops".

Let’s talk about poop. It’s something we all do (every day, if we’re lucky) and most of us have no idea how much our poop is talking to us — we usually just pinch one off and go about our day without thinking about it. But our digestive tracts react to stress, anxiety, and changes in our eating habits.

Many of us aren’t going to poll our friends about it on Facebook, but chances are you’ve gone through a few different poop stages since the outbreak of COVID-19, and you might be wondering why. You may be thinking you just have more time to ponder your poop — but chances are, the stress, anxiety, and change in routine is all having an effect on your bowels.

The author Kate Bingham-Smith quotes Heather:

Read more: Scary Mommy: Pandemic Poops...

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There can be many reasons for pain during vaginal intercourse. Conditions like vaginismus and vulvodynia can make penetration hurt even if you're super turned on and just put on plenty of lube. Sexual trauma could be one cause; endometriosis, a condition where the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it, is another. 

Read more: Women's Health Australia: 5...

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Once again the Greatist website has reached out to Heather Jeffcoat

In this latest article they discuss ways to improve your sexual stamina

Anyone who’s tried standing sex knows certain positions require quite a bit of strength and agility to pull off. And not only that, there’s data that suggests getting exercise can add some oomph and level up arousal.

So while we’d never tell you fitness automatically leads to good sex (only good communication and lube can do that, after all), exercise is, at the very least, a great source of endorphins.

That’s why we called up some experts and put together this collection of moves geared toward getting your body ready for a raucous roll in the hay.

Read more: Greatist: 15 Exercise Moves...

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Healthline has once again reached out to Heather Jeffcoat for her expertise in pregnancy related matters.

This latest article begins:

"The excitement (or sheer panic) you felt when you saw those two blue or pink lines appear is likely something you’ll never forget. And now that you’re pregnant, you might be wondering what needs to change and what can stay the same.

The good news? Staying active tops the list of things to keep for the next 9 months."

Read more: Healthline: The Best...

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Vaginal dilators go into the vagina, but they’re not sex toys

Vaginal dilators are a medical tool used to either relax and stretch the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues to reduce pain or help desensitize hypersensitive vaginal tissue, says Heather Jeffcoat, a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in sexual dysfunction and incontinence.

Basically, they help the vagina expand in size (and get used to size).

Read more: Greatist asks Heather...

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C|Net: The Best Foam Rollers for Muscle Soreness and Stiffness, According to Pros

With over 58,000 incoming links, an Alexa global ranking of 164 worldwide, and publication in seven languages, C|Net is one of the leading voices on the web when it comes to all things tech related. Their About page reads:

"CNET tells you what's new in tech, culture and science, why it matters, how it works and what you need.

Our global team works 24/7 to explore and explain the changing world around us. You can depend on CNET for news, commentary, analysis, features, FAQs, advice, hands-on reviews, buying guides, amazing photography and fun and informative videos."

In this recent article they venture away from the tech world and into the land of foam rollers for yoga and targeted stretching. Of course when they went looking for authoritative voices, they tapped Heather Jeffcoat for her expert opinion:

Read more: C|Net: The Best Foam Rollers...

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The website O.School has published a highly informative article on the effects of tampon use on period cramps. Authored by Sarah Prager, it includes some insights by our own Heather Jeffcoat.

When you have period cramps, inserting a tampon into your vagina may be the last thing you want to do since you’re already feeling sensitive. But do tampons actually make period cramps worse?

Other reasons why using tampons may be painful

While the medical data may say that tampons don’t cause period cramps, other conditions might cause tampon insertion to be painful.

Heather Jeffcoat, also a pelvic floor physical therapist, says:

I routinely see patients that have painful tampon insertion, or report their cramps are worse with tampon use. Universally, these vulva owners all present with an overactive pelvic floor and are typically given a primary diagnosis of vaginismus, or pain with penetration. The pelvic floor muscles can be responsible for referred pain that mimics period cramping.

The full article is here.

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The highly trafficked website Healthline has penned yet another article in which the author Gabrielle Kassel quotes our own Heather Jeffcoat on the topic of sexual wellness.

What to expect in your 30s

For vulva owners, the 30s might as well be called the Do It All decade.

Read more: Healthline: Hey Vulva...

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      "I had a severe tear during childbirth that was not stitched together correctly and therefore healed poorly. Even after having a surgery a year later to remove the scar tissue, I was still having pain, and no one could explain why -- there was no overt 'reason' to explain the pain. I had tried other 'specialists' and even saw another physical therapist who had me do hip / leg stretches -- what a joke! I was about to give up and just 'live with it' until thankfully I kept searching online and...

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      No one could tell me why I was having pain during sex--sharp pain, not just uncomfortable, pain. I was referred to Heather Jeffcoat after researching several different options. I had seen a specialist who told me physical therapy would not help and my only option was surgery. I really didn't want to go that route, so when we got a referral, I decided to try it--it can't hurt, I thought. I am so glad I did. She diagnosed the problem right away, which was a relief in itself.To know why I was...

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