Naturally Preventing and Treating Urinary Tract Infections

Over half of women have experienced the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI) - the urgent need to go to the bathroom, burning pain during and after a void, pain located in the pelvis, abdomen, or bladder, and cloudy or smelly urine. Bladder infections occur when bacteria make their way up through the urethra and into the bladder. They are eight times more likely in women, because the urethra i...

The Potassium Sensitivity Test (PST) involves inserting a solution of a known irritant into the bladder, for the ostensible purpose of diagnosing interstitial cystitis. While it is still used by some urologists, the American Urological Association (AUA) has deemed it ineffective and unnecessarily painful to patients.

"In addition, the PST is painful and risks triggering a severe symptom flare. In view of the paucity of benefits, the panel agreed the risk/ben...

What if everything we thought we knew about Vitamin D was wrong?  

Most of us aren't too concerned about our Vitamin D levels, because after all, that's the one that comes from sunshine, right?  We just have to wander outside for a few minutes a day and our bodies get a full dose?  And most of us have seen it on our milk or orange juice labels, so we are thinking, Whew, at least that's one vitamin I don't have to worry about!


But sho...

A recent research study on diastasis recti has been making headlines over the last few weeks. The Norwegian study focuses on the efficacy of physical therapy as a treatment for diastasis.  Some of the sensationalized headlines it has provoked include:

“Researchers have no idea how to fix your ‘mummy tummy’”

Is this really true?  Is physical therapy not as helpful for treatment of diastasis recti as we initially thought? Let's look into what exactly the resea...

The body undergoes many different changes during pregnancy. In the final weeks of pregnancy, the connective tissue (linea alba) widens between the "six-pack" (rectus abdominis), allowing the stomach to expand with the growing baby. Instead of a tightly knit "six-pack" configuration, the muscles begin to shift to each side, forming two separate groups. This is known as diastasis recti, which can be shortened to diastasis or DRA.

While this happens in almost...

New research from the University of Calgary explores the role of endometriosis in chronic pelvic pain.  They examined a group of more than 250 women who had been experiencing pelvic pain for more than six months.  

The first interesting finding was that only 26.7% of these women were found to have endometriosis on surgical evaluation.  Endometriosis is often the first culprit that many doctors suspect when confronted with pelvic pain, but this...

Researchers are realizing that we have to look beyond the lesions when understanding endometriosis and pain.  For women with endometriosis, the severity and location of pain is not correlated with the severity and location of endometriosis lesions - there's clearly more going on.  Traditional treatment options like surgery or oral contraceptives target the lesions, but they may not offer permanent relief from pain or endometriosis symptoms.
 

When scien...

As we've reported in a previous article, GI symptoms like bloating, nausea, constipation and diarrhea are actually more common than pain with endometriosis.  Just like pelvic pain with endo, these GI symptoms don't seem to be directly related to the location or severity of endometriosis lesions.

Recent research out of Sweden has provided more insight about these GI symptoms with endometriosis.  First, they confirmed what previous research had shown - more th...

Painful menstruation and general pelvic pain have always been considered the hallmarks of endometriosis.  While pain is obviously common with endometriosis, research suggests that gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms may often be overlooked.  Studies have shown that these GI symptoms - including bloating, nausea, constipation, and diarrhea - are even more common, with more than 90% of women experiencing at least one of these complaints.  Bloating is such a famili...

Surgical removal of endometriosis lesions is a common treatment that has shown significant benefits for patients. However, there are some important factors to keep in mind to make sure that surgery is right for you.

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