Pelvic Floor Health and Fertility

Jan 14, 2019

Pelvic Floor Health and Fertility
Today I’m welcoming Dr. Sinead Dufour to the podcast! We’re digging into pelvic floor health and fertility. Dr. Sinéad Dufour is Assistant 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. Sinéad stays currently clinically through her work as the Director of Pelvic Health Services at The World of my Baby (the WOMB) in Milton, Ontario. Website: www.thewomb.ca Our approach when focusing on your fertility and looking for the root cause, is to look at the whole person...not just focus on the diagnosis. There are many types of stressors that could be impacts your body, from mental/emotional stress, food sensitivities, gut infections, environmental toxins and structural stress. Structural stress could be a pinched nerve or back pain, but it also may be looking at your pelvic health. You may not considered adding a pelvic health physiotherapist to our fertility team. Turns out it's very beneficial for fertility. Let's dig in! On this podcast you'll learn:
  • What is pelvic floor physiotherapy and why should you consider the treatment during infertility. How it can help with PCOS, endometriosis or interstitial cystitis or pelvic congestion syndrome.
  • We discuss the symptoms of pelvic floor congestion, plus we walk you through a pelvic health examination and provide you with breathing techniques you can use right now.
  • We talk about kegels and whether they are harmful or beneficial for pelvic health.
Resources mentioned: Core Breath - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gyVREUFO68 Jessica Drummond Hormones 101 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laISeBiLHNY, Aviva Romm - Stress Response for Women’s Health - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr8P05Npvys Book your free Supercharge Your Fertility Discovery call. We’ll come up with a simple plan to help you move forward…towards your dream of having your baby. Listen here (be sure to HIT the subscribe button so you never miss an episode):