Women’s Health

Congratulations, on your new baby! Congratulations on the sleep deprivation, the feeding, the nappy changes and your attempts at maintaining a respectable level of presentation. No wonder you’ve had zero time for you, your significant other or your pelvic floor! Google “how long after giving birth can I have sex?” or “when can I exercise postpartum?” and enjoy the blackhole of questionably accurate recommendations. You’ll find articles like How to hold your wee and Kegels to tighten your pelvic floor, which if done incorrectly may make matters worse. So, how can you optimise your pelvic floor function so you’re ready to...

What is female sexual dysfunction? Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) affects approximately 40% of women. It is defined by the various ways in which an individual is unable to participate in a sexual relationship as she would wish. FSD is a very complex and multi-faceted disorder due to a woman’s perception on sex, comprising of anatomical, psychological, physiological, and social-interpersonal components. There are multiple classifications of FSD: sexual desire disorder, sexual aversion disorder, sexual arousal disorder, sexual pain disorders, and female orgasmic disorders. What causes female sexual dysfunction? There are a variety of physical and mental factors that can contribute to the onset of FSD. Physical...

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects between 12-18% of women, it is a reproductive age endocrine disease characterized by insulin resistance, low-grade inflammatory status and chronic anovulation. So what does the research say about PCOS, exercise and weight loss? To be honest - there isn’t much research into the specific kind of exercise that is beneficial for PCOS. Exercise specific interventions in PCOS studies are limited and therefore they gain more insights into the mechanisms of exercise action and the impact of exercise on PCOS. One particular article found resistance exercises decreased abdominal obesity not only will this be effective in improving insulin...

A mum’s life is a busy one and squeezing exercise into the day is a challenge we all face however being active from the very beginning will not only help mum’s physical and mental health, it also has a ripple effect on the entire household encouraging the whole family to be more active too!   Tips for mum's with kids in the following age groups:   From PREGNANCY to BIRTH The rule of thumb is to maintain your current physical activity when you fall pregnant. Avoid contact sports, exercises lying on your tummy (and back) and be weary of unstable joints however exercise is...

Almost one in five Australian women will be affected by pelvic organ prolapse (POP) during their lifetime. Many women may feel lost when it comes moving well, or returning to exercise with POP, but there are many ways to help return to movement that you enjoy whilst protecting your pelvic floor. Whether you are a candidature for surgery, or during rehabilitation from surgery, exercise has an important role in reconnecting and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles and the musculature surrounding the pelvis. WHAT IS POP? POP is the displacement of a pelvic organ (bladder, bowel or uterus) onto the vaginal wall. All of the...

The diagnosis of Breast Cancer brings challenges, lots of emotions, time off work, a new routine and a heap of side effects.   The last component of treatment that an individual is likely to consider is regular exercise. Let’s talk about why it is important, how it can help and what it means long-term. Exercise is an integral part of management of Breast Cancer during and after treatments have ended. Regular physical activity will assist with: Maintenance of lean muscle mass Maintenance of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Manage and reduce cancer-related fatigue Improved mood Maintaining aerobic conditioning Manage flexibility and mobility, especially after...

As our lifestyles change and women have children at a later age the prevalence of Gestational Diabetes has risen. Currently 68 Australian women are diagnosed every day. There are many treatment options available including dietary changes implemented by an Accredited Dietitian and regular exercise prescribed by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Regular exercise can help manage blood sugar levels, and improve the health and well being of both mum and bubs. Never fear, this exercise doesn’t have to be hours in a gym, it can be as gentle as a daily walk! What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational Diabetes is typically tested for at 24...

Endometriosis. It’s a chronic health condition affecting one in eight women worldwide, yet unfortunately there is little information available around how exercise can help manage and improve the painful symptoms associated with an Endo diagnosis. Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, and there are some inappropriate exercises that may worsen your current symptoms, but returning to exercise post diagnosis can be important for both your physical and mental health! What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a gynecological condition where endometrial-like tissue grows outside the uterine cavity. We say endometrial-like, as this tissue is not identical to the cells found within...

Unfortunately, many women are left in the dark about how to safely return to exercise after hysterectomy.   There are some inappropriate abdominal exercises after hysterectomy that can increase the risk of injury to the pelvic floor (e.g. pelvic organ prolapse or hernia). But we know how important exercise is – both for physical and mental health! There are some exercises however that are better than others for recovering and returning to exercise after hysterectomy, and it is always best to seek the advice of an Exercise Physiologist to help rehabilitate and return to the activity you love to do – and protect...