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Constipation – The Easy Solution

10th July 2019

Pain. Strain. Blood. Bad Smell. In any other part of the body, avoiding these goes without saying, and if they do occur we generally take steps to address them. But in the bathroom, these are so commonplace that they seem almost ‘the norm’, or ‘normal for me’. In my previous blog I described these common […]

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Constipation – The Loo Taboo

10th July 2019

Why is it so hard to talk about our toilet habits? It seems to be generally accepted that it’s not polite, a hangover from the Victorian age. For centuries the output of the body has been seen as dirty, shameful, and even associated with the devil (for more on that, listen to my podcast here!). […]

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Helpful Videos (Women’s Health)

7th November 2018

There is such a huge amount still to learn and be researched around women (and men’s!) pelvic health. Here are some fantastic places to start, from science, to spirituality, to comedy! Welcome to Arcadia’s resources: this page holds a range of videos to remind you of the technique for some of your exercises, as well […]

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Sexual Health and Happiness Podcast: Education and Toys with Sam Evans of Jo Divine

8th June 2018

Why is sex so difficult to talk about? Why, despite the wealth of information out there, are so many people unable to enjoy a happy sex life? Kathryn chats with former nurse Samantha Evans of sex toy website Jo Divine, busting myths, gaining fascinating insights and crucially loads of suggestions on where to find out […]

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Keep on Moving: Running and your Pelvic Floor

30th May 2018

I often get asked “can I run if I have pelvic floor problems?” “When can I get back to running after having a baby?” My answer to these, as with all pelvic floor problems, is: it depends. I often get told: “I can’t run because I leak” “I’ll never run again, it’s too high impact” […]

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Ode To Your Pelvic Floor

31st January 2018

Oh pelvic floor, Your duties are many, From holding my guts in To spending a penny Oh pelvic floor muscles If only I’d known You’re key to core strength And don’t function alone Oh pelvic floor, You’re part of gents and of ladies And are key to the fun parts Of making our babies But […]

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Let’s Relax about… Relaxin

9th August 2017

Perhaps the first thing to emphasise about Relaxin is that it is a woman’s friend. No hormone is produced by the body without a helpful purpose and in harmony with other amazing processes. Yes there’s a delicate balance that can often go wrong, but that’s usually down to external factors rather than a faulty blueprint. […]

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Uptight and Personal – The Hypertonic Pelvic Floor

27th February 2017

Men, as we all know, have a lot to answer for. We also know that they are often just trying to do the right thing. Arnold Kegel has changed many a woman’s life for the better, by introducing pelvic floor exercises, or ‘Kegels’, to his practice as a gynaecologist. These repetitive, conscious contractions are, according […]

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Under Pressure – Constipation and your Pelvic Floor

14th November 2016

Constipation is a fact of life – most people have it at some point or other. It can come and go… but too often it becomes a permanent fact of life. So what’s the big deal for women? Unfortunately, it can be the cause of all sorts of pelvic issues, from pain to pelvic floor […]

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Incontinence – The Loo Taboo

14th November 2016

Before I start, I know this is hard. Just clicking on the link might admit a problem, might indicate there’s something your super-woman persona hasn’t quite conquered yet. But you are not alone. You are ONE IN THREE. I wrote this blog for the wonderful Henpicked Website, so can’t in all conscience put the full […]

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Mind the Gap – Pubic Symphysis Pain

14th November 2016

Pelvic pain can be caused by so many different things, but the majority of issues women experience are termed ‘mechanical’ – i.e. caused by overloading or improper movement patterns. How could anyone have improper movement patterns? Or overload their pelvis? Think “being a mum”….! What is Pubis Symphysis Pain? In essence, pubic symphysis dysfunction (PSD […]

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Prolapse – Pandora’s Box

10th November 2016

Prolapse can be the elephant in the room… the gym… the relationship… in someone’s self esteem. Because this subject is so important, so under-discussed, this blog avoids my usual amusing musings, and is intended to get the facts straight, provide information that’s clear and useful, and give suggestions on what to do next if you […]

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