Health care — for human beings?
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN July 29, 2022 Leave a Comment
We’re all human beings, of course. But after an encounter with the health care industry, it’s easy to feel less like a human being and more like a cog in the vast Big Health machine.
Health care settings often feel and function like factories. The patient is the product, proceeding through an assembly line of receptionists, technical assistants, providers, and labs. The system is demoralizing and dehumanizing, not just to patients, but […]
INNOVO: One ‘Shocking’ Mistake to Avoid
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN March 23, 2022 Leave a Comment
INNOVO urinary incontinence treatment “shorts” suddenly seem to be everywhere. Kegel Queen members are asking me about them, they’ve been on TV, and women are even receiving promotions in the mail.
But there’s one big mistake to avoid with INNOVO.
What’s the mistake? Using INNOVO.
What is INNOVO? INNOVO is a device that delivers low-voltage electric current, like an itty bitty shock, to stimulate your muscles to contract, including your pelvic floor muscles.
Your pelvic floor […]
Don’t Have Time to Sleep, Eat Right, and Exercise? You Don’t Have Time NOT to.
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN December 22, 2021 Leave a Comment
“These two threads that run through our life — one pulling us into the world to achieve and make things happen, the other pulling us back from the world to nourish and replenish ourselves — can seem at odds, but in fact they reinforce each other.”
― Arianna Huffington, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
Angela is a working mom in her fifties with teenage kids. (Angela is […]
Beth’s Story: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and 12 Facts about Everyone’s Vaginal Prolapse
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN October 28, 2021 Leave a Comment
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.
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 […]
Vaginal Dryness after Menopause: Can CoQ10 help?
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN October 7, 2021 Leave a Comment
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 […]
Women: How the Scientific Seven-Minute Workout Can Hurt You — and What to Do About It: Easy Changes to Protect You “Down There”
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN February 6, 2019 Leave a Comment
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 […]
Come Home to Your Body: Sex, Kegels, Jazz, Trauma, and Healing — A Conversation with Anaïs Salibian
by Alyce Adams, 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.
Your Childbirth Teacher Was Wrong! Kegels During Pregnancy
by Alyce Adams, RN BSN November 3, 2015 Leave a Comment
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 […]
7 Shocking Mistakes Destroying Your Vagina
by Alyce Adams, 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, […]
Rectocele vs Anal Prolapse: Different Types of Rectal Prolapse
by Alyce Adams, 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 […]