Pelvic Floor: It’s Time To Start Talking About It With Dr. TabathaSep 03, 2019
Are you suffering from painful intercourse? Peeing your pants from laughing, jumping or exercising? Are you constantly looking for the nearest restroom because you never know when you’re going to have to make a run for it? Scared your organs might fall out? Are you suffering in silence?
After listening to this episode, you will no longer fear if you are suffering in silence because Dr. Tabatha joins us to let you know that concerns that you have with your pelvic floor ARE common and they CAN be fixed.
Don’t believe me? Ask the hundreds of women that have learned to restore their pelvic floor through my Core Rehab Program. Because you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it, so let’s talk about it! Join Dr. Tabatha and me to start making this conversation more common amongst women + to let females know that they’re not alone.
MEET DR. TABATHA
Dr. Tabatha has devoted her life to giving women a voice and a choice when it comes to their health and well-being. As a young girl, she struggled with self-esteem and identity issues, dealt with peer-pressure, and survived the ridicule and stigma of becoming a teenage mother. As she shared in her first published book titled, From White Trash to White Coat: The Birth of Catherine’s Purpose, those events led Tabatha to finding her purpose in life. With perseverance and grace, she was able to redirect her path in life and become a successful physician.
Tabatha attended Michigan State University and graduated with honors in physiology. She then earned her doctorate degree from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In the decade she has been out in practice, Dr. Tabatha has cared for a countless number of women. She works hard to connect with her patients and create an ongoing partnership to help guide them to better health. Because many women don’t make themselves a priority or practice self-care, Dr. Tabatha has made it her mission to educate women on the importance of putting themselves first.
More recently, she has discovered the art of functional medicine and has been actively pursuing certification from the Cleveland Clinic’s Institute for Functional Medicine. She is always in the pursuit of knowledge because she knows knowledge is power. By incorporating functional medicine into her women’s health practice, she is able to provide women with the tools they need to optimize their health and happiness, which, in turn, allows those women to pursue their purpose in life.
DR. TABATHA'S STORY
Tabatha didn’t start out in the world of medicine or education, but rather the opposite of that. She described herself as a free-spirit that was uninterested in school or bettering herself. With minimal rules + guidance, she found herself going down the wrong path. In 11th grade, Tabatha got pregnant and her counselor advised her to drop out of school… so she did.
After having her baby and getting married, she soon realized that that was a big mistake and went back to get her GED. This led her to see that she loved not only learning, but learning about science. From there, she went to a community college and then transferred to Michigan State University where she ultimately became a physician.
Tabatha practiced in conventional medicine for 15 years, but personal struggles helped her to find the world of functional medicine. She now focuses on health + wellness for herself + her patients to give them more options than what conventional medicine has to offer.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSING
Pelvic dysfunction is all too common and sadly enough many women think that they are alone. Just because it’s common does NOT mean that it’s a normal part of aging. You do not have to live and suffer from it and that is why I have created my Core Rehab Program because I want to empower women that they do have control to restore their body.
Due to the vagina having three main components, there is more than one type of pelvic organ prolapse.
The first component is the anterior side and that is where the bladder lives. This is where Tabatha hears women say that their bladder fell down or that they had a hysterectomy and their bladder is tucked up. These symptoms are referred to as cystocele or bladder prolapse.
The posterior aspect of the vagina is where the rectum lies + this is what’s often damaged during childbirth. This destroys the fascia + muscle that is between the vaginal layer and the rectum. Even though it’s often repaired, it doesn’t always heal properly.
I have to pause your reading real quick because this is where my passion for prenatal fitness comes into play. I created my Knocked-Up Fitness membership because I saw so many women suffering from abdominal separation, pelvic organ prolapse + so much more because they were unaware of how to connect with their deep core + pelvic floor in the correct way. We have seen incredible results with women minimizing to completely avoiding tearing during vaginal births through our workouts, breathwork + tutorials. This information is life-changing, so if you are interested please check out more here.
“You’re not going to be able to go to a doctor for a 15-minute appointment and get what you’re going to get from this membership.” – Dr. Tabatha Barber
And now back to your regularly scheduled reading.
The third component is the top of the vagina where the cervix + uterus live. When that entire organ starts to come down, it's known at uterine prolapse. Traditionally, gynecologists would do hysterectomies to remove the organ thinking they were fixing the problem, but it made it worse because they were cutting the supporting ligaments that are designed to hold everything up.
Spoiler Alert: You DO NOT need surgery to fix these issues. Conventional medicine doesn’t have extensive training in fascia, movement + body interrelations to help prevent these things from happening. But that’s why Tabatha + I are here having this conversation with you so that you can be aware that there is something you can do to heal it.
So, there you have it. This is the base of Dr. Tabatha and I’s conversation, so if we've got you hooked on our pelvic floor talk this far, tune in as we dive into more specific topics such as:
- Pain During Intercourse (18:44)
- Pelvic Floor During Menopause (24:32)
- Let’s Talk About The Pelvic Floor More (28:00)
- Diet and Exercise + Its Role In Pelvic Health (32:31)
- Finding The Right Doctor (37:20)
- Final Thoughts: The Power Of Empowering Women (41:32)
ALL of these topics relate back to your pelvic floor health. So, please, share this episode with another female in your life to help start making this a common conversation.
MENTIONED IN EPISODE
DR. TABATHA'S LINKS
- Interstitium: Bringing It All Together
- Pelvic Floor + More With Solange Ross
- Stephanie Gray: Fighting Fires With Functional Medicine
- Total Body Wellness With Lane Kennedy
- You CAN Feel Good On Birth Control
The material contained within is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before beginning a new regiment or purchasing any product(s).