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#79: Pelvic Floor Health With Amanda Olson

September 30, 2021

 

 

When it comes to the physical changes our bodies endure during pregnancy, the list is endless. But despite the countless changes, our society has led us to believe that after our 6-week checkup with our doctor, all will be as it was.

 

But then you get home and realize something’s just not right.

 

You’re leaking urine every time you stand up too fast, cough, sneeze, or laugh.

 

Down there feels super dry.

 

And when you mustered up the emotional courage to attempt sex again, it was painful!

 

All of these scenarios are related to our pelvic floor health, which is severely altered after pregnancy and delivery. To help explain more, I interviewed Amanda Olson, a doctor of physical therapy who focuses specifically on pelvic health.

 

Dr. Olson is the president and chief clinical officer of Intimate Rose where she develops pelvic health products and education. She is passionate about empowering women and men with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence, and pre and post-partum issues.

 

In our conversation, we discuss the many changes pregnancy and delivery can have on our pelvic floor, and some of the symptoms women might experience due to injury. She also provides us with tips for supporting pelvic health during pregnancy, as well as how to return to intimacy postpartum.

 

Some big takeaways are:

  1. Pelvic floor injuries are common after birth.
  2. There are solutions, so ask your doctor for a referral to a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist.
  3. Take it slow. It can take up to 12 weeks for tissue to properly heal.

 

Dr. Olson is so knowledgeable on this subject, has written extensively on pelvic floor dysfunction, and authored the book Restoring the Pelvic Floor For Women, so she is THE woman to listen to. I learned so much from her, and I truly believe you will too!

 

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Guest Bio

Dr. Olson is the president and chief clinical officer of Intimate Rose where she develops pelvic health products and education. She is passionate about empowering women and men with pelvic health issues including pelvic pain, incontinence, and pre and post-partum issues. 

 

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. She holds a Certification of Achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP-PF) through the American Physical Therapy Association and the Pelvic Floor Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute. She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and RRCA certified running coach.  

 

Dr. Olson teaches internationally on various pelvic health topics including pelvic floor dysfunction in runners. She has written several physical therapy continuing education courses, newspaper and magazine articles on pelvic floor dysfunction, and running, and authored the book Restoring the Pelvic Floor For Women.

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