By Rodney Anderson, MD and David Wise, PhD
The V Book
By Elizabeth Stewart, MD and Paula Spencer
By David Butler PT and Lorimer Moseley
Explain Pain Supercharged
By David Butler & Lorimer Moseley
Heal Pelvic Pain
By Amy Stein, MPT
Ending Female Pain
By Isa Herrera, PT
Ending Male Pelvic Pain
By Isa Herrera
By Eric Franklin
The Truth about Hormone Replacement Therapy
By The National Women’s Health Network
Finding Power, Spirit, & Joy in the Root of the Female Body
By Tami Lynn Kent
The Bathroom Key
By Kathryn Kassai and Kim Perelli
Mind Over Bladder: I never met a bathroom I didn’t like
By Jill Maura Rabin
by Leslie Howard
The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook
By David Butler, Lorimer Moseley et al.
By Lorimer Moseley
Why Pelvic Pain Hurts
By Adriaan Lowe, Sandy Hilton & Carolyn Vandyken
Why Do I Hurt?
By Adriaan Lowe
"We Have Been Misled About Menopause" NYT article
By Susan Dominus This Feb. 2023 article elucidates and clarifies the confusion around hormonal treatments for menopause. I HIGHLY encourage all perimenopausal and menopausal people with vaginas to read this.
Janet A. Hulme, MA, PT
Audio CD’s for various illnesses and pain, here are a few for women’s health
Pelvic Health and Awareness for Women and Men
By Deborah Bowes
Wonderful videos with a Yoga emphasis made by my friend and colleague, Dustienne Miller PT, MS, WCS, CYT for 1) Relieving Pelvic Pain and 2) Optimizing Bladder Control
These are products I recommend, but it’s best to speak with me or your medical provider about their potential benefits prior to ordering. (Click on bolded line for link to product.)
Three great cushions for perineal pain, pudendal neuralgia, and vestibulitis
DILATORS: Vaginal and Rectal
These are dilators for use after gender affirmation surgery.
These are also very nice dilators for older, younger, or for use after gender affirmation surgery.
An affordable dilator set with an option for vibration.
An expanding dilator that increases size incrementally with a push of a button!
Another rectal dilation option.
WANDS: Vaginal and Rectal
Several Self-Care Wands for internal pelvic muscle trigger point release and massage
SOOTHING PRODUCTS for the Vulva
*Always speak with your doctor or provider before using any of these products.
My patients ALWAYS ask, “What kind of heating pad is this?” It’s this one.
BLADDER SUPPORT (talk to your provider first!)
A supplement taken to neutralize acid in bladder-taken before eating.
There are SO many products out there now for people who menstruate: Tampons that self clean (!), washable cotton pads, Diva Cups, period panties and more! Look for gadgets that can track your flow, electrical stim units that can decrease period pain, and apps that track your cycle.
Check out these products to help with menstrual issues of all sorts!
A quality TNS unit that your PT can program for you to help with pain (menstrual or otherwise.)
PERINEAL SUPPORT BRACES
These are products to help support the perineum if suffering from varicosities or pelvic organ prolapse:
This one is used in non-pregnant situations
These two are used during pregnancy:
Pelvic Floor specialists recommend using water-based vaginal lubes FREE of parabans, glycerin, and other harmful chemicals. Many health food stores (eg, Whole Foods) and local food coops, stock lubes made from all-natural ingredients. Avoid lubes that heat up or cool or tingle. Avoid lubes that have flavoring or fragrance. Avoid lubes that have allergens. (Read more about this here.)
Normal vaginal pH runs between 3.8 to 4.5 (acidic) and can flux during perimenopause.
Normal vaginal pH AFTER menopause is > 4.5 (still acidic.)
Rectal pH is 7.0 (neutral.)
Vaginal lubricants typically are not symbiotic for anal usage.
Osmolality: a measure of dissolved particles per unit of water in a solution; we want a balanced osmolality in a lube to help skin cells maintain equilibrium with the lube. This means we want a lubricant with low (but not too low) osmolality.
Normal vaginal hypo-osmolality is 260-290 mOsm/kg
WHO recommends a range of 38-1200 mOsm/kg
Eg: YesYesYes WB lubricant, Good Clean Love organic WB lube, Sliquid, Blossom Organics.
Read more about chemicals in lubricants here.
Read more about harmful chemicals in everyday products (geared to those with vaginas especially) here.