Pelvic Health - it's no laughing matter (or is it?)
Our pelvic health is intrinsically linked with our relationships, self-esteem and overall wellbeing. After all, if you’re scared of leaking, always looking out for the nearest toilet or feeling dry and sore in your vagina and vulva it’s going to impact how you feel isn’t it?
While pelvic floor health is usually no laughing matter, physiotherapist and award-winning comedian Elaine Miller, aka Gusset Grippers, helps us all learn how to laugh about pelvic health, not leak!
Elaine specialises in pelvic health and is passionate about leaky ladies and keeping vaginas up where they belong.
In this interview, recorded in February 2021 as part of our 'Let's Get Intimate' month of events, Elaine explains more about pelvic floor health - what it is, what it does and why having a good one is so important.
Watch to find out:
What is the pelvic floor and why is it so important for our health?
What can we do to improve incontinence?
What is prolapse and how does it happen?
How does the pelvic floor affect female sexual dysfunction?
This is an interview unlike any other - learn about this crucial part of your body from the unique and entertaining Gusset Grippers!
About Elaine Miller
Elaine Miller is a physiotherapist specialising in pelvic health - she is passionate about leaky ladies and keeping vaginas up where they belong.
Elaine is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and uses humour to bust the taboos which surround incontinence, prolapse and female sexual dysfunctions.
"Gusset Grippers" is her evidence-based show which won the Comedy Award at Fringe World, Australia in 2020. It aims to teach what a pelvic floor is, what it does and why having a good one is smashing.
Elaine is a founding member of Pelvic Roar - a physio lead platform to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration, and director of “SFAye”, a Social Enterprise using the Arts to educate women about health. Elaine has presented at the Scottish Parliament and in Westminster and is a popular conference speaker.
Elaine is interested in the use of humour as a health promotion tool and is working on a pantomime, a book and is about to launch a podcast. She seeks to convince you that the science and politics of women’s health is a lot more interesting than you thought.
Find out more about Elaine on her website, or follow her on Instagram (@gusset_grippers) or Twitter (@gussiegrips).
Katie welcomed author and pelvic floor specialist, Kim Vopni, to the podcast to talk us through probably one of the most uncomfortable and awkward conditions that can affect a woman, pelvic organ prolapse.
Kim explains exactly what a prolapse is, the most common causes and how commonly they occur. She also gives advice on treatment options, including how to do pelvic floor exercises effectively and also when surgery might be the best option.
Ageing and fluctuating hormones during menopause can have a significant impact on our pelvic health. Katie speaks to continence nurse specialist and author Jane Simpson, about the common problems we might experience with our pelvic floors, including weak bladders, that feeling of always needing to go to the loo as well as tightness and tension in our pelvis.
Here, Jane shares a whole host of tips and guidance on how you can ease your symptoms.