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    There are two books that we think offer excellent information about pelvic floor dysfunction.

    Ending Female Pain - A Woman's Manual
    "The ultimate self-help guide for women suffering from chronic pelvic and sexual pain!"

    Author: Isa Herrera

    "Ending Female Pain - A Woman's Manual " by Isa Herrera, MSPT is a ground breaking book for women with pelvic and sexual pain, containing dozens of easy, helpful exercises and tips that offers hope for patients with pelvic floor problems, vulvodynia, IC, etc. etc. This book gives you vital, easy and effective stretches, exercises and tips to help you take control and manage your pelvic pain symptoms.

    The discussion of pelvic anatomy is amazing. She walks reader through an excellent and absolutely fascinating anatomy lesson so that they can see, with their own eyes, if their pelvic floor is tight, relaxed and/or if they're doing your reverse kegel or kegel exercises correctly.

    She teaches reader how to find and locate trigger points in the pelvic floor and teaches how to reduce those painful muscle knots. She offers massage tips that are easy and very effective at reducing adhesions around c-section and other surgery scars. Her discussion of the vulva and vulvar skin techniques is practical and makes total sense.

    Using both pictures and diagrams, she offers a series of exercises and stretches for the relief of pelvic pain, including reverse kegel exercises, a GREAT series of exercises using pilates ball, several yoga stretches that are perfect for stretching out the pelvis, upper legs and lower back and several foam rolling techniques.

    For those of you who work at a computer or at a desk all day and struggle with back and tooshie discomfort, she offers something that we've waited for years for... a series of easy, discrete stretches you can do at work to help you reduce muscle stress and tension in the legs, hips, pelvis and back.

    But, what makes this book truly unique and a must read for anyone with IC and pelvic pain, is her practical discussion of sex and how to reduce discomfort. Her tips are superb.. from performing a reverse kegel exercise before intimacy to help reduce pelvic floor tension, to using vaginal dilators for patients with vaginismus to a very unusual and obviously effective "vaginal steam" that can help make intimacy more comfortable.

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    Heal Pelvic Pain
    "The Proven Stretching, Strengthening and Nutrition Program for Relieving Pain, Incontinence, I.B.S. and other Symptoms without Surgery"

    Author: Amy Stein PT

    This book offers readers relief and recovery for pelvic floor disorders through a program of strengthening, stretching and relaxation exercises, massage techniques, nutritional basics, and self-care therapies—without drugs or surgery.

    The book provides two different exercise programs. One addresses the pain syndromes related to urinary, bowel, or sexual dysfunction—including incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary and/or bowel frequency, urgency or retention, pudendal neuralgia, prostatitis, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and more. The other program addresses pelvic floor muscle weakness and poor coordination resulting in incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and/or decreased sexual response. The book is easy to read and use, and offers photos of all of the exercises and massage techniques guide readers every step of the way.

    Here’s what readers will find in the book:
    • Programs that can ease the pain and discomfort of bladder, bowel and/or sexual dysfunction without surgery or drugs
    • A way to relieve pain in an intimate area
    • Methods for enhancing sex life well into the elderly years
    • Tips for strengthening the pelvis before, during, and after pregnancy
    • A muscle-strengthening regimen that boosts sexual pleasure, eliminates incontinence, increases the body’s core strength and pelvic stability.
    • Guidelines on foods and beverages that ease discomfort and assist in bladder and bowel disorders
    • Suggestions for stress- and pain-reducing home spa treatments
    • Patient testimonials
    • A comprehensive resource guide.

    The book empowers readers with a “symptoms monitor” to track symptoms and the impacts of pelvic floor disorders on daily life. As the reader goes through the exercise and treatment recommendations, he or she can track improvement and progress on the symptoms monitor.

    Author Amy Stein is the founder of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in New York City, which specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, and manual therapy for men, women, and children. She lectures nationwide and has been featured in both print and broadcast media. She is a contributor to the medical textbook, Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management, and serves on the board of the International Pelvic Pain Society.

    Publisher: McGraw Hill 200 pages Nov. 2008

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    Would you like to talk with someone about your IC struggles? The ICN now offers personal coaching sessions that include myself, Julie Beyer RD on the diet and Dr. Heather Howard on Sexuality.

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    Please remember that the information on the ICN is provided with the understanding that ICN, its founder, staff, volunteers, and participants are not engaged in rendering medical or professional medical services. We cannot and do not give medical advice. Only your personal physician can do this for you.

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    I just got Healing Pelvic Pain by Amy Stein. I have had IC for six years have done hydrodistention and taken Elmiron, and am still taking Elavil and Ocycontin, time released 15mg 2x, and doing weekly lidocaine instills, but I still have pain. I've done two rounds of physical therapy, one with a pelvic pain specialist. They both helped some, but I hit a wall with both and the pelvic therapist was $225 per with no help from my insurance. I have read several other books on IC, none of which helped much. My pain was so bad I was going to ask to increase the pain meds, but I just couldn't bring myself to give up and just be on ever increasing levels of narcotics for the rest of my life. I also have IBS which has gotten much worse the last year. I am sixty, I don't have to work, but I have a business that is my passion and I am not ready to give it up. I decided to start over fresh and see if I could figure this thing out. I found this book and got it a week ago. It was just what I needed right now, I realize now my main problem at this time is Pelvic Floor dysfunction, not IC. The PFD is what was causing the IBS as well.

    It incorporates some of what was covered in my physical therapies, but is more effective and targeted than either. One huge thing that I never heard of is pelvic drops. I have been doing these several times a day, so I can now feel when my pelvic muscles are tense and can relax them. I cannot believe that none of the ten+ medical professionals I have seen for this has ever showed me this very simple, basic thing that is so effective.

    It shows you how to do the therapy yourself, massaging the tender spots, stretching the pelvic floor muscles. Eventually I will add strength training as well. The exercises are easy to do and not time comsuming. I was already doing some tender point therapy and also meditation, which she recommends, I am now doing more of both. I have added a colon massage from the book and also some cardio daily per her recommendation. It also has diet recommendations.

    I am already seeing my pain levels go down and certain muscles relaxing, and I am confident I can improve even more, possibly even get off pain medication altogether, she says it very possible even if you have been on them a long time. I am hopeful for the first time in several years and that is a very good feeling. If you have hit a wall with your therapies and feel PFD might be a problem, then give this book a try.


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      Re: Our Recommended Books

      I'm so glad you are being helped by the Stein book. Thank you for sharing your success and hope you continue to improve.

      Warm hugs,
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        Re: Our Recommended Books

        I recently purchased "Ending female pain" through the ic network. This book has been wonderful and I recommend it highly. This is a great resource.