Why should you see a specialist for your pelvis?
Just as you wouldn’t go see a dentist to fix your eyes, it is just as important to see an expert who specializes in pelvic health if you have PFD issues. Tamara Nerreter, a Vancouver physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health, says that seeing an expert is very important if you want to achieve successful results. “If a woman is having issues, she needs to see a pelvic floor physio or someone who has done extra training in pelvic floor health, someone who can do a proper vaginal exam and assessments, because even gynecologists don’t assess the pelvic floor in the same way that we do.”
What can you expect if you go and see a pelvic floor physiotherapist?
Nerreter says that a good physio will do a full head-to-toe assessment. You should also expect a physio to use equipment like an ultrasound, to show you your pelvic floor. Nerreter said, “I ask my patients to do a Kegel, and they can see that on the ultrasound image in front of them, and perhaps they can see that their pelvic floor might not even be responding.
An ultrasound is a really good way for women to get to know their bodies and reidentify with their pelvic floor and vaginal area.”
If you go to see a pelvic floor specialist, you can also expect to do a vaginal examination, although this is only done as long as the patient is comfortable with the idea.
Nerreter said that getting help, and talking about PFD is something women should feel empowered doing. “I think one of the biggest issues is just breaking down the myth and getting women to understand that you’re not at a loss if these changes are happening. That you can get back to running, or the things that you want to do and that you don’t have to give these things up just because you’ve had kids.”