Are Sunscreen Chemicals More Risky Than Sun Exposure?

Are Sunscreen Chemicals More Risky Than Sun Exposure?

Living near the beach in Connecticut is interesting because for more than half of the year, we spend our time at the beach fully clothed because it’s so cold.  When that first really warm day hits, everyone heads to the beach and is surprised by how sunburned they get.  Yesterday, my daughter and I spend… Continue Reading

The Impacts of Air Pollution on Fertility

The Impacts of Air Pollution on Fertility

When women are struggling with infertility for no apparent medical reason it can be extremely frustrating. Thus, I decided to review the literature on the impact of air pollution on fertility in women to determine the impact of this less modifiable variable (compared with variables such as nutrition, exercise status, sleep, etc.) In a systemic… Continue Reading

Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Inspiring Health through Beautiful and Delicious Pizza

Here at The Integrative Pelvic Health Institute we believe that it’s essential for health and wellness professionals to understand the research (or lack there of) supporting their clinical practice.  We encourage our professional students to participate in informal (or formal) research.  We believe that the best healers put in the hours of practice building strong clinical… Continue Reading

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

How Fermented Foods and Probiotic Supplements Can Help Women with Chronic Pelvic Pain

There is a growing understanding that the microbial composition of the digestive system, urogenital system, and urine of women with pelvic pain conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), interstitial cystitis (IC), and chronic yeast infections varies from those in healthy women. For example, women with IC have significantly higher percentages of Lactobacillus in their… Continue Reading

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

THE Chicken Soup for Women Recovering from Birth or Surgery

Recovery from birth or surgery both require similar care for the soft tissue to regain it’s strength.  Collagen is important for healing from surgical incisions, C-section incisions, and episiotomies or tears.  Collagen is also essential for maintaining bone density post-menopausally (Shan, 2006), and though it has not been studied, likely in the childbearing years as… Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin

Optimal nutrition support for our client begins before she even conceives. Birth control pills make it difficult for women to absorb some nutrients that are essential for healthy pregnancy. Ideally, women who were previously on birth control pills will replete those nutrients before conception. Nutrients that are not well absorbed while women are on birth… Continue Reading

What Does SIBO Have to Do With Bladder Pain?

What Does SIBO Have to Do With Bladder Pain?

One of the reasons that relieving pelvic pain is so challenging is that pain in different systems within the pelvis can overlap.  For example, in rats where experimental colitis (colon irritation) was induced, many of the rats also experienced bladder and urethral pain (Yoshikawa et al., 2015). This is also seen with women with interstitial… Continue Reading

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Review

Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Book Review

I am not a chef.  In fact, I’ve only ever attended two cooking classes in my life.  But, I am an experienced cook.  I cook about 85-90% of our meals at home.  That’s three meals a day, almost every day.  I have been doing that for at least 6 years.  And, it makes a huge… Continue Reading

How to Take Care of Your Energy When You’re Traveling for Business

How to Take Care of Your Energy When You’re Traveling for Business

I just returned from an amazing opportunity.  I spent most of last week at the largest national conference for physical therapists in the United States.  In so many ways it was amazing.  I had the chance to give a 2-hour presentation to my colleagues on using nutrition as a tool for pelvic pain relief, I… Continue Reading