How Yoga Helps Balance Your Fitness Routine with Your Overall Self-Care [Guest Post from Fit Sheila]

How Yoga Helps Balance Your Fitness Routine with Your Overall Self-Care [Guest Post from Fit Sheila]

Yoga postures, your fitness routine, and your overall self-care are all pathways to the same end goal: loving yourself. You can learn to heal old wounds, to soften, to show kindness to yourself and with others. Best of all, you can learn to flourish in your own life and appreciate your own body. That’s a beautiful thing.

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COOP Home Goods Eden Pillow Product Review: Sweet dreams!

COOP Home Goods Eden Pillow Product Review: Sweet dreams!

On the third night, I settled into bed after my husband and couldn’t get properly situated. After a few minutes, I realized why: my now-asleep husband had stolen my Eden pillow and replaced it with his years-old foam pillow. I retrieved my own pre-Eden pillow from the closet and eventually dozed off. In the morning, he was unapologetic and said he’d had an incredible night’s sleep.

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Dame Products "Fin" Vibrator Product Review: A vibrator for post-pelvic pain solo sex

Dame Products "Fin" Vibrator Product Review: A vibrator for post-pelvic pain solo sex

Some women might fear that self-stimulation could replicate the pain they've so frequently experienced with sex. While sex shops are filled with cylindrical vibrators and toys, there aren't many options for female shoppers seeking a decidedly non-penis-evoking experience.

Enter: Dame Products' Fin vibrator.

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4 Steps to Taking Control of Chronic Pain [Guest post from Patrick Young of Able USA]

4 Steps to Taking Control of Chronic Pain [Guest post from Patrick Young of Able USA]

Many thanks to Patrick Young of Able USA for writing this guest post. Check out their website and great resources at www.ableUSA.info.

Being diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain can be a scary thing, especially with new guidelines that recommend avoiding or limiting the use of opiate pain medications. How are you going to manage pain so you can keep living life? Without great medical treatments for chronic pain, you may feel like this question looms large.

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Livia Product Review: Period Cramps Solution or Budget-Buster?

Livia Product Review: Period Cramps Solution or Budget-Buster?

For a few months, I've been blasted with Facebook ads for Livia, which is a device that claims to be "the new off switch for menstrual pain." I finally reached out to the company, told them about Inspire Santé™, and asked if they'd send me a demo product. Here’s my review.

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Workouts are safe for women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction! [Guest post from Dr. Erin Williams, women's health physical therapist]

Workouts are safe for women with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction! [Guest post from Dr. Erin Williams, women's health physical therapist]

Exercise can be an intimidating routine to pick back up after having pelvic pain or dysfunction. Fear of urinary incontinence (both urge and stress), increased pelvic pain or re-injury, or just feeling like you are so out of shape that you can’t even start a routine up again, can all be reasons women avoid exercise or returning to the workouts they used to love.

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Estrella’s Story of Painful, Hemorrhaging Periods: “I don’t want any girl to feel as confused as I was.” [Guest post by Estrella Jaramillo of B-wom]

Estrella’s Story of Painful, Hemorrhaging Periods: “I don’t want any girl to feel as confused as I was.” [Guest post by Estrella Jaramillo of B-wom]

A Women’s Health Tech Innovator Shares Her Personal Story & What Drives Her to Improve Conversations about Women’s Sexual Health

Hi readers — Erin Jackson here! I’m so thrilled to share this guest blog post from Estrella. She’s been a friend for the past couple years, and we’ve bonded over our shared passion for improving women’s pelvic health. I’m honored that she’s shared her story with us here. Please give it a read, and then head over to B-wom’s website to learn more about her app.

xo, Erin

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Decision fatigue + chronic illness recovery: "I want to do everything!"

Decision fatigue + chronic illness recovery: "I want to do everything!"

I’m better now, and I want to do everything. But sometimes I’m so desperate to do absolutely everything I desire that I end up lacking the energy to do anything at all. And then I feel crummy about spending the evening laying in bed watching Netflix just like when I was sick (even though it’s for entirely different reasons and has absolutely nothing to do with being sick). Arg.

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Pacira Panel At BlogHer18 Health [sponsored post]

Pacira Panel At BlogHer18 Health [sponsored post]

This post is sponsored by Pacira and SheKnows Media.

A few weeks ago, I attended a panel discussion of physicians hosted by Pacira Pharmaceuticals while at the BlogHer Health conference in NYC. They were there to discuss Pacira’s drug EXPAREL and other non-opioid postsurgical pain management options... I was encouraged by the physicians’ sensitivity to the complexities surrounding the opioid epidemic and their understanding of the importance of pain management.

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Pain changes you: building your new identity from habits

Pain changes you: building your new identity from habits

Then came doctor appointments and physical therapy appointments, and soon, I was out of my wheelchair and walking again. But as the months wore on, my husband ultimately had to take a job out-of-state.  I was doing better, but I found myself completely lost. Who was I now?

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Facing down "normal" pain after years of chronic pain

Facing down "normal" pain after years of chronic pain

It's so hard to accept any bad days after suffering so many bad years. I think that, as my pain continues to recede in my rearview mirror, that will become less challenging. With time, I expect that I'll even come to appreciate the occasional "down day" with some minor ailment. But for now, I'm desperate to enjoy my still-fresh health.

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A letter to my mother: This is what I've endured.

A letter to my mother: This is what I've endured.

My mother and I have been estranged for more than five years. While I was at my lowest point -- wheelchair bound, in excruciating pain, and suffering immensely -- she was critical and skeptical of my pain. That became intolerable, and my recovery ultimately required that I sever ties with her and work on rebuilding my emotional health and my strength.  She's missed so much these past several years.

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A plea to providers: This is why biopsychosocial treatment of chronic pain works [Guest post by Devra Sheldon]

A plea to providers: This is why biopsychosocial treatment of chronic pain works [Guest post by Devra Sheldon]

Healthcare providers may be aware of the presence of yellow flags in a patient’s history, such as a major accident, depression, catastrophization, or prior trauma or abuse (to name a few), but not consider it related to the patient’s clinical presentation of pain. But it is. Prior pain experience shapes pain perception.

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Top 3 ​​​​​​​Stress-Busting Gifts for Caregivers [Guest post by Beverly Nelson]

Top 3 ​​​​​​​Stress-Busting Gifts for Caregivers [Guest post by Beverly Nelson]

Considering the fact caregiving duties take up as many hours as a part-time or even full-time job for many unpaid providers, it’s often extremely difficult for them to prioritize self-care. But thoughtful gifts can help make their lives a little easier and even encourage them to indulge in a little “me time.” Here are a few gift suggestions for the deserving caregivers on your list.

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“My body is none of your damn business.”

“My body is none of your damn business.”

Anyone who’s battled chronic pain or invisible illnesses knows the chorus too well: “But you don’t look sick!,” or “But you look so healthy!” The way people look and the way people feel can be vastly different. And none of us should ever feel that it’s appropriate for us to comment upon, criticize, and judge the conduct of others based on outward appearances.

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My Gratitude Journey: From pain to present, and the people who got me here.

My Gratitude Journey: From pain to present, and the people who got me here.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving today, I'm sharing my gratitude journey.... My yoga mat reminds me that I’m safe here, and that I’ve done this many times before. My mat has become a symbol of my strength and my ability to feel good. As I lug it around the city, it tells others “I’m a healthy woman!” But more importantly, it reminds me: “You’re a healthy woman. You did it. You made it. You survived.”

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