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Everyone has a pelvic floor, but it's safe to say that not everyone knows what their pelvic floor does (or has potentially even heard of it at all). Even those who are in the know about the pelvic floor might mistakenly believe that the only people who need to worry about pelvic health are pregnant and postpartum individuals.
In this episode, pelvic floor physical therapist Dr. Krystyna Holland fills us in on what pelvic floor PTs do and who they can help. Did you know that improving leaking, painful sex, and post-surgical vaginoplasty outcomes are all things you can visit a pelvic floor PT to get help with?
Let this episode be your guide to the world of better pelvic health, empowering medical decisions, and what not to put in your vagina.
- How Krystyna always thought she would work in pediatric physical therapy and only stumbled upon pelvic floor physical therapy through a little serendipity.
- What the pelvic floor is and why it matters.
- Why pelvic floor physical therapy during and after pregnancy is especially important thanks to all the physiological changes that take place when growing a baby.
- Who else can benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy besides people who have been pregnant.
- The role pelvic floor physical therapy can play in the post-op healing of a transgender person who's had a vaginoplasty.
- What the experience of seeing a pelvic floor PT is like and how it differs from an OBGYN appointment.
- The importance of being able to advocate for the healthcare you want for yourself.
- Why the advice to “do your kegels” doesn't apply to everyone, and what else can help strengthen your pelvic floor.
- Krystyna's advice for what not to put in your vagina.
- How Krystyna defines health and wellness for herself at this moment in her life, including keeping an eye on the state of her sympathetic nervous system
Mentioned in This Episode
- Krystyna posing with her beloved pelvic floor model
- Girls Gone Strong position on pelvic floor physical therapy for new moms
- Core & Floor Training with Jessie Mundell
- More information about Yoni eggs
Featured in This Episode
Krystyna Holland (she/her) started her journey to becoming a provider as a patient. Feeling unheard and uncared for inspired her to open Inclusive Care, a pelvic floor physical therapy practice for individuals who want to be more involved in their healthcare decisions. You can find Krystyna on her website, Instagram, and Facebook.
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