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Beth’s Story: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and 12 Facts about Everyone’s Vaginal Prolapse

by , RN BSN   October 28, 2021   Leave a Comment

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Beth* is a Kegel Queen member who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an inherited connective tissue disorder.
Six weeks after joining the Kegel Queen Program, Beth wrote to me. Lightly edited for clarity and privacy, this is Beth’s story.
Hi Alyce,
I was able to reverse my stage 3–4 prolapses (both cystocele [prolapsed bladder] and rectocele [prolapsed rectum]) with a combination of kegels, breathing exercises, and posture work.
I caught bronchitis [two and a half […]

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Vaginal Dryness after Menopause: Can CoQ10 help?

by , RN BSN   October 7, 2021   Leave a Comment

Rebecca’s Story
Like millions of women, Kegel Queen® member Rebecca* suffered with vaginal dryness after menopause. Nothing she couldn’t live with, just a minor daily discomfort.
Then, to address a completely unrelated health issue, Rebecca — who happens to be a medical doctor — started taking coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, also called ubiquinone) is a chemical found in every cell in your body. It’s an essential part of your cells’ ability to turn […]

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Women: How the Scientific Seven-Minute Workout Can Hurt You — and What to Do About It: Easy Changes to Protect You “Down There”

by , RN BSN   February 6, 2019   Leave a Comment

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My number one secret to staying in shape? Short workouts. A few minutes of strength training in the morning (in my home office, usually in my pajamas) is something I can easily commit to and easily achieve. And I’m thrilled with the results: this is the strategy that got me, in my mid-forties, into the best shape of my life.
Recently I’ve been looking for a way to optimize […]

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Come Home to Your Body: Sex, Kegels, Jazz, Trauma, and Healing — A Conversation with Anaïs Salibian

by , RN BSN   August 1, 2018   Leave a Comment
Anaïs Salibian practices and teaches Rosen Method Bodywork. In Rosen work, the practitioner lays hands on the client, using gentle touch and words rather than manipulation, to help the client discover and release patterns of tension. This allows the client to experience greater emotional freedom and more joy, and often results in healing from chronic health conditions. Anaïs is also a writer, and offers classes on writing memoirs and writing to heal.
Anaïs […]

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Your Childbirth Teacher Was Wrong! Kegels During Pregnancy

by , RN BSN   November 3, 2015   Leave a Comment

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If you’ve ever attended a childbirth class, you’ve heard a lot about kegels. But what if most of what your teacher told you was wrong?
You might have had the smartest, nicest, most caring, most conscientious childbirth teacher in the world. But if she was like 99 percent of childbirth teachers out there, she was wrong about kegels — when to do them, how to do them, and why.
What Are Kegels, and […]

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7 Shocking Mistakes Destroying Your Vagina

by , RN BSN   October 22, 2015   Leave a Comment

How can this be such a huge secret?
Millions of women suffer with vaginal prolapse: up to half of all women over 50 years old. One in five U.S. women will have dangerous surgery to treat this condition. (One in five! This could be you, or someone you love, if you don’t take action to avoid it.) In spite of these enormous numbers of women affected, most women have never heard about prolapse, […]

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Rectocele vs Anal Prolapse: Different Types of Rectal Prolapse

by , RN BSN   August 25, 2015   Leave a Comment

Women often ask me about rectal prolapse: do kegels help? There are two types of rectal prolapse, and the answer is different for each one.
First, let’s look at some definitions.
The rectum is part of your large intestine. It’s the last part of the large intestine that feces (a.k.a. poop) moves through before it gets to the anus. The anus is the opening. I’ve noticed that people seem to really hate using the […]

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4 Life-Changing Reasons to Talk to Your Friends about Vaginal Prolapse

by , RN BSN   August 4, 2015   Leave a Comment
The term “prolapse” in this article refers to pelvic organ prolapse, or vaginal prolapse: prolapsed bladder (cystocele), prolapsed rectum (rectocele), prolapsed small intestine (enterocele), or prolapsed uterus.
I know two sisters. They’re real people, but I won’t use their real names. Let’s call them Deena and Lydia. They both live in their hometown, and they’re good friends. They work together to take care of their aging parents and spend holidays together. When Lydia […]

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How Buff Is Your Vagina?

by , RN BSN   July 21, 2015   Leave a Comment

Are your muscles saggy, or toned? That’s a question you can easily answer about your arms, your abs, or your thighs. But what about your vagina? Did you know you even have muscles there? Or that they can be just as saggy — or just as fit — as any other muscle in your body?
What Are the Vagina Muscles?
The muscles around your vagina are part of the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor […]

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How Not to Be a Victim of Your Doctor (or Feel Like One)

by , RN BSN   July 9, 2015   Leave a Comment

It’s all over the news right now: Michigan oncologist Dr. Farid Fata, who gave unnecessary cancer treatments to 533 patients as a moneymaking scheme, will be sentenced tomorrow. Dr. Fata’s patients were injured, disfigured, disabled, even killed by his brutal and violent behavior, and prosecutors are asking for 175 years behind bars.
Dr. Fata is, of course, an exception. The vast majority — let me say that again — the VAST majority of […]

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