CaSfA members learned a lot of useful information at "Cancer Survivorship:
Sexual Health and the Pelvic Floor", a presentation by Stacey Berger, PT. Stacey specializes in
women’s health, men’s health, pelvic pain, pelvic floor rehabilitation,
continence control, and musculoskeletal conditions. She is STAR (Survivorship
Training and Rehabilitation) Certified
in Oncology Rehab.
Here are some take home pelvic health tips:
- Drink plenty of
water for healthy bladder and improved bowel function
- Avoid straining with
bowel movements:manage constipation and
use good toileting posture
- Avoid irritants to
vulvar and vaginal area: careful of soaps, detergents with fragrances or dyes. Use cotton crotch underwear as nylon can be irritating. Avoid using perfumes, shampoos, or talcum powder to vulvar area.
- Limit bladder
irritants in your diet (reduces urinary urgency, urinary frequency, overnight excessive voiding) such as citrus
fruits and juices, spicy food, tomato products, caffeinated beverages, alcohol, sugar and artificial
- Breathe from your
diaphragm muscle; avoid breath-holding with activity. You can functional
brace by pulling in your navel to spine and pulling in your pelvic floor muscles (Kegel) with activity to support your
core/protect your back and reduce increased
pressure on your pelvic organs.
- If having pain,
burning, tissue rawness or irritation of vulva/vagina or urinary leakage, consult your doctor or see a pelvic floor
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