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This podcast is for anyone with a pelvic floor. Pssst….. everyone has a pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles responsible for controlling our bodily functions. I refer to myself as a physiotherapist for embarrassing issues. I routinely help clients address symptoms like incontinence, prolapse, diastasis, pelvic pain, intimacy issues and the list goes on. A theme that stands out to me is how little we learn about our private parts and the muscles surrounding. This podcast is for you if you are interested in learning more about your body. Focused on the female, I cover tops pertinent to puberty, athletics, pregnant, birth, postpartum recovery, menopause, surgery and so much more.I promise to share evidence based information through discussion with other health care experts in their field with the goal to showcase a holistic and empowering approach to taking care of the only body you will ever haveI hope you enjoy!

The Pelvic Floor Project Melissa Dessaulles from Mommy Berries

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

This podcast is for anyone with a pelvic floor. Pssst….. everyone has a pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles responsible for controlling our bodily functions. I refer to myself as a physiotherapist for embarrassing issues. I routinely help clients address symptoms like incontinence, prolapse, diastasis, pelvic pain, intimacy issues and the list goes on. A theme that stands out to me is how little we learn about our private parts and the muscles surrounding. This podcast is for you if you are interested in learning more about your body. Focused on the female, I cover tops pertinent to puberty, athletics, pregnant, birth, postpartum recovery, menopause, surgery and so much more.I promise to share evidence based information through discussion with other health care experts in their field with the goal to showcase a holistic and empowering approach to taking care of the only body you will ever haveI hope you enjoy!

    57. Beyond in person care: The value of going virtual with Dr. Sinéad Dufour

    57. Beyond in person care: The value of going virtual with Dr. Sinéad Dufour

    This episode is a follow up to episode 18 with Dr. Sinéad Dufour- The research behind vaginal devices, chairs, laser and online apps to treat incontinence 
    In this episode, I welcome back Dr. Sinéad Dufour to discuss: 
    The emerging use of telehealthResearch to supports it’s effectivenessThe soon to be released SOGC guideline on telehealthReasons for resistance from practitioners and clientsUsing telehealth for prolapse, incontinence, perinatal, paediatrics etcWays to start incorporating more telehealth in your practiceDr. Sinéad Dufour is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Health Science at McMaster University.  She teaches and conducts research in both the Schools of Medicine and Rehabilitation Science.  She completed her MScPT at McMaster University (2003), her PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western (2011), and returned to McMaster to complete a post-doctoral fellowship (2013). Her current research interests include: conservative approaches to manage pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain, and interprofessional collaborative practice models of service provision to enhance pelvic health.  Additionally, Sinéad has undergone training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine and is currently completing a full certificate program with Dr. Aviva Romm.   Sinéad stays current clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) a family of perinatal care centers in Ontario, Canada.  In addition to managing her own very busy caseload, she mentors novice pelvic health physiotherapists and is a clinical preceptor for family medicine residents and midwifery students from McMaster University.  Sinéad in an invited member on several committees for various organizations including the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the International Continence Society. She is also serving as the Guest Editor for the upcoming special issue: Optimizing the Fourth Trimester, for the Women’s Health Physical Therapy Journal. Her passion for optimizing perinatal care and associated upstream health promotion for women and children stemmed from her own experience becoming a mother of twins.  She is an advocate for women’s pelvic health and a regular invited speaker at conferences around the world.
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    Links mentioned:
    Episode 18- The research behind vaginal devices, chairs, laser and online apps to treat incontinence 
    The Effect of Core Exercise Using Online Videoconferencing Platform and Offline-Based Intervention in Postpartum Woman with Diastasis Recti Abdominis

    Evidence for the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
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    56. Lichens Sclerosis with Gynecologist, Dr. Melanie Altas

    56. Lichens Sclerosis with Gynecologist, Dr. Melanie Altas

    I am joined in this episode by Gynecologist,  Dr. Melanie Altas, the Director of the BC Centre of Vulvar Health to discuss:
    What is lichens sclerosisSigns and symptomsHow a diagnosis is madeSuggested treatmentHow lichens sclerosis can affect sexual function and emotional well being The benefits of early detection and relationship to cancerSuggestions for people who suspect lichens sclerosis The potential role of factors like environment, stress, dietWays that your doctor or gynecologist can work with youThe role of pelvic health physiotherapist Dr Melanie Altas is a Gynaecologist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at UBC.  She is the Director of the BC Centre for Vulvar Health at VGH and a Sexual Medicine Consultant at the BC Cancer Agency.  Providing care for individuals with vulvar conditions and vulvodynia is the primary focus of her practice. She is committed to improving access to care for individuals within their own community by increasing public awareness, identifying barriers to care, as well as developing resources for community care providers.
    Links mentioned:
    BC Centre for Vulvar Health
    Instagram
    Support Groups:
    The Lost Labia Chronicles
    Lichens Sclerosis Support Group 
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    55. Pessary use for prolapse with gynecologist Dr. Paula Espino

    55. Pessary use for prolapse with gynecologist Dr. Paula Espino

    In this episode, gynecologist Dr. Paula Espino and I discuss:
    The SOGC guidelines for prolapse management What is a pessary?Different types of pessaryWays pessaries can be used and managedSymptoms of prolapseTypical course through the health care system for someone who has symptoms of prolapseWait times for seeing a gynecologist in CanadaWhat an assessment by a gynecologist entailsThe role of pelvic health physiotherapy The role of vaginal hormonesWhen surgery may be indicatedDr. Paula Espino is an OBGYN practicing in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

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    • 52 min
    54. Vulvovaginal hormone therapy with urologist Dr. Rachel Rubin

    54. Vulvovaginal hormone therapy with urologist Dr. Rachel Rubin

    In this episode, I sit down with board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist, Dr. Rachel Rubin to discuss: 


    GSM (genitourinary syndrome of menopause) Symptoms that bring a woman in to see a pelvic health physiotherapist that often go hand in hand with GSMWhy hormones are important and what happens during perimenopause/menopauseWhat a physical exam of the vulva may reveal Options for hormone therapy (creams, rings, tablets)Systemic vs. local hormone therapyThe fears around hormone therapyWhat the research says Reasons why it isn’t easy to find answers Gaps in our health care systemPositive changes being seen An action plan for patient and practitioners listeningDr. Rachel Rubin is a board-certified urologist and sexual medicine specialist. She is an assistant clinical professor of Urology at Georgetown University and recently started her own private practice in the Washington DC region. She is one of only a handful of physicians fellowship trained in male and female sexual medicine. Dr. Rubin is a clinician, researcher, and vocal educator in the field of sexual medicine. She completed her medical and undergraduate training at Tufts University, her urology training at Georgetown University, and her fellowship training under Dr. Irwin Goldstein in San Diego. In addition to being education chair for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), she also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.

    To find Dr. Rubin:

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    www.rachelrubinmd.com


    Links mentioned:


    ISSWSH (International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health): https://www.isswsh.org

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    • 47 min
    53. Advocating for yourself in birth and how this benefits your pelvic floor with doula, Robyn Hooper

    53. Advocating for yourself in birth and how this benefits your pelvic floor with doula, Robyn Hooper

    In this episode, Robyn Hooper (doula) and I discuss:
    Birth isn’t something that happens to you.. it happens with you Differences seen in birthing peopleBirth preferences Benefits of having a relationship with your nurse Benefits of having a doulaWays to advocate for yourself Ways your partner can advocate for you Knowing your birth location, provider and what to expectHow does this relate to the pelvic floorRobyn Hooper is a certified CD(DONA) birth doula (labour support) professional providing support from prenatal to postpartum period to mothers and their birth partners. Robyn completed DONA (Doulas of North America) certified training with Doula Essentials. She has also completed additional courses and training in breastfeeding, advanced comfort measures,  ‘when survivors give birth’ course, infant and pregnancy loss support, childbirth education, and prenatal classes.  Robyn moved to Revelstoke for the great community, the outdoors, and environmental work. She is passionate about working with mothers and their birth partners to support them through the ‘journey’ of labour and birth – however that looks for each family/individual.
    As a birth doula, Robyn is a trained professional who provides physical and emotional comfort and support to a birthing person and their partner/family prenatally, during birth, and briefly post-partum. For example, during labour, Robyn helps to: create a comfortable atmosphere, provides physical support through the use of trained hands-on techniques, uses relaxation and comfort measures specific to the mother and family, guides you through different labour positions, encourages partner participation, listens to any fears, and support is constant and 24/7. As a doula, Robyn will listen to your concerns and preferences, as well as offer reliable informational resources and referrals. Robyn offers postpartum support, such as listening to and reviewing birth experiences, and provides additional resources and referrals.
    Links mentioned:
    Episode 19: Six things your labour and delivery nurse wants you to know with Kim Daniels
    Ravangard et al 2017
    Gale et al 2001 
    Bohren et al 2017
    Kopas et al 2014
    Links to contact Robyn:
    Email: revelstokedoula@gmail.com
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    • 46 min
    52. Discussing bladder leaks, treatments and surgery with urologist, Dr. Jennifer Locke

    52. Discussing bladder leaks, treatments and surgery with urologist, Dr. Jennifer Locke

    In this episode, I sit down with urologist Dr. Jennifer Locke to discuss:
    The evidence based guidelines that guide assessment and treatment for stress urinary incontinence The recommended first line treatmentsThe benefits of pelvic floor physiotherapyThe recommended course of action when physiotherapy isn’t enoughTests a urologist may recommendNon surgical optionsSurgical options, the risks and outcomesDoes our health care system follow the recommendations for assessment and treatment Current research being done in the fieldDr. Jennifer Locke is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certified Urologist with subspecialty training in reconstructive urology (female urology, male urology, neurogenic bladder, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, urethral stricture disease).
    Dr. Locke grew up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia and attended the University of British Columbia for her undergraduate degree in chemistry. She then completed a PhD in experimental medicine at the University of British Columbia followed by her MD training at the University of Toronto. She completed her residency training in urology at the University of British Columbia followed by her fellowship training in reconstructive urology at the University of Toronto.
    Her current clinical practice is based out of Kelowna and consists of a mixture of general urology and reconstructive urology. Operating out of the Kelowna General Hospital she serves the greater Okanagan region and beyond.
    Find Dr Locke at: https://www.lockemd.ca
    Links mentioned in episode:
    Episode 46 -Bladder leaks with cough, sneeze or physical activity to listen before this episode
    Volunteers needed for research in the area.
    Please inquire here:
    IHurology.research@ubc.ca
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Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Dr. Monica Isola ,

To Practitioners Treating Pelvic Floor

Mel provides so much evidence based information in a simple, calming manner that I know puts her patient at ease. She is excellent at patient education and I have learned so much from her. This podcast is excellent, not only for women dealing with these issues but for practitioners to learn how to better educate and empower their patients.

HNSunshine8 ,

Brought Tears to my Eyes

I just came out from the gynecologist this morning with a diagnosis I didn’t know what to do with or how to feel about it, but that i understood because of everything I’ve ever experienced. Listening to this podcast today helped me understand what being referred to a pelvic PT can look like, and it’s really started to ease my fears about going.

While acknowledging and dealing with pain can be so tough, listening to how passionate and kind the physiotherapists are on this podcast has helped give me a little courage to face what’s ahead despite feeling vulnerable. I definitely felt tears slip down my face as I listened to moments of them validating the pain I thought was normal, explaining how we can be empowered and control what’s happening in our bodies, and when they spoke about creating safe space (green zone). Thank you for hosting this podcast so it can be a resource for people who are scared to talk about this all but are still searching for answers/information. ❤️

Meggaddict ,

Great discussions!

I’m a pelvic floor physiotherapist and I have to share my admiration and support for this podcast. I’ve listened to most episodes to date and I think the information is informative, nurturing, and evidence based. Melissa delivers content in a professional and kind way that can be helpful for consumers and clinicians alike. Thank you for informing the world appropriately!

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