Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Also known as IBS, it is the most common disorder of the lower gastro-intestinal system. This disorder leads to abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, gas, bowel pattern changes, and trouble with constipation and/or diarrhea.
Reasons why IBS develops are not clear. But it may result from or cause tightening, weakening, or in-coordination of the pelvic floor and abdominal wall muscles. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms. Stress reduction, dietary changes, fiber/water balance, and medication may be used in combination depending on the person as the conditions differ from one person to another.
Digestive health and regularity can influence sexual pain because the back side of the vaginal wall and the front of the lower bowel wall are adjacent to one another and the external openings of each are in such close proximity. Constipation puts pressure on the vaginal wall. Bowel movements that are too large or too hard can cause tears in or around the rectal opening. While loose bowels and diarrhea can cause an inflamed and sensitive rectal opening, and that area can certainly be further irritated by repetitive wiping.
Use resources available on the market to further study and understand IBS, like "IBS for Dummies".
Paindownthere.com knew other patient advocates and the loved ones of those affected by chronic pelvic pain conditions would feel the same way we do about the desperate need in our world for more education and prevention initiatives. In this blog, we want to make sure you are aware of the international non-profit, Bridge for Pelvic Pain. We have specifically teamed up with their Prevention-Education program.
When each video guide Healing the Pain 'Down There': A Guide for Females with Persistent Genital and Sexual Pain is sold a portion of the proceeds go directly to the Prevention-Education initiatives of Bridge for Pelvic Pain. This portion equates to about 20% of the net profit of the video (DVD or downloaded). Paindownthere.com and the video guide we have put together for sale was originally born out of the deep desire to fund prevention and to further public and practitioner eduction. We are so exited to be able to team up with a charitable organization that is doing just that on a global scale.
You can also donate to Bridge for Pelvic Pain's Prevention-Education program directly by going to their website.
Other programs that Bridge for Pelvic Pain provides includes:
Education: Funding provides medical education from field experts to global communities
Resources: Building an international and multi-language list of health care providers and support groups world-wide
Scholarships: Providing scholarships through integrative health care providers to help off-set the rising financial costs of care.
To learn more click here.
We also encourage you to educate yourself regarding the other worthy non-profits for specific conditions that we recommend. To find that list click here and look for Looking for other worthy causes?
Thank you to Amanda with Harrogate Yoga for putting together this 20 minute Yoga video download for those with Chronic Pelvic Pain. To access the free download Click Here
*Always remember to listen to your own body and don't go beyond anything that does not feel right until checking with a qualified yoga instructor or your own personal physical therapist or rehab professional.
Stephanie Yeager: Passionate about spreading the word of hope and healing for those like her, influencing a paradigm shift in the medical community toward greater understanding of chronic pelvic pain disorders, and prevention initiatives that may protect young women before onset can occur.