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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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orgams can be painful butt they don't have to be if you just do it right

Painful Orgasms: What are Some of the More Common Causes?

Healthline's latest article on painful orgasms includes Heather's insights into pelvic floor over-reactivity and its correlation to issues of painful vaginal and anal orasms.

Orgasms are always pleasurable, right? Actually, wrong.

For some people, orgasms aren’t even “just OK.” They’re downright painful. Officially known as dysorgasmia, painful orgasms are something someone of any anatomy can experience.

Pelvic floor over-reactivity

In vulva owners, the most common cause of dysorgasmia is pelvic floor dysfunction.

As a refresher: the pelvic floor muscles are located in the — you guessed it! — pelvis. They span from the pubic bone (in the front) to the coccyx (in the back) and from side to side.

Read more: Healthline: Orgasm Shouldn’t...

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Your pelvic floor muscles will wake up when you have an orgasm

Health Digest recently reached out to Heather Jeffcoat to hear what she had to say about the effects of orgasm on your body. It's a long read and it's worth it - in addition to Heather's valuable insights there is plenty of info on neurochemical changes, hormonal levels, and pain threshold during the "Big O".

From their about page:

Health Digest is not your typical health site. We give you all the information you need to live your best life, while also recognizing that you might want to hit the drive-thru every now and then. Whether it's the latest trends or everyday advice from health experts, we've got you covered. From fitness to food, love, wellness, and more, there's something for everyone here.

Your pelvic floor muscles will wake up when you have an orgasm

You may not have given much thought to your pelvic floor — especially if you're a male or if you're young and relatively fit. But if you're a bit older, or you've given birth to a baby, chances are the health of your pelvic floor is definitely on your radar, as noted by the BBC.

Read more: Health Digest Asks Heather...

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US News and World Report reaches out to Heather Jeffcoat for an article entitled "Tips for Better Vaginal Health"

Here is an excerpt from this thorough and very informative article by Vanessa Caceres:

For women, vaginal health is an important part of overall health. However, vaginal health is often shrouded in mystery and a little confusion. How do you keep your vaginal area clean? What can make it prone to infection? What types of vaginal odors are normal, and which ones are not? Here's a guide to help address questions you might have about vaginal health.

Read more: Heather Jeffcoat at US News...

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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!

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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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