This ISSM Webinar will be about Hyperactive pelvic floor: what about it?
Pelvic floor disorders have an impact on society by having a detrimental effect on sexual response, namely by causing pain or discomfort during sex. Interventions on sexuality that involve acting on pelvic floor (e.g., Kegel exercises) are common. However, there is little visibility and awareness about pelvic floor disorders, in general, and specifically about its consequences on sexuality. Furthermore, knowledge about the processes and suitability involved in pelvic floor interventions is missing.
In this webinar we hope to contribute concerning clarifying the important role that pelvic floor disorders and interventions have in explaining and treating sexual problems.
- Opening by Prof. Annamaria Giraldi, ISSM President (Denmark)
- Introduction of faculty by the moderator: Talli Rosenbaum (Israel)
- Pathophysiology of the overactive pelvic floor - Stephanie Thibault Gagnon (Canada)
- What does the Brain have to do with it? Moving beyond trigger points and dilators - Carolyn Vandyken (Canada)
- Pelvic Floor Disorders in Sexual Abuse Survivors - Anna Padoa (Israel)
- Q&A session
Talli Yehuda Rosenbaum is an individual and couple therapist, and an AASECT certified sex therapist and supervisor. She co- authored the Springer textbook entitled “The Overactive Pelvic Floor.” She has published over 40 journal articles and several book chapters on sexual pain disorders, sexual health, and sexuality and culture, and is an associate editor of the Sexual Medicine Reviews. She cohosts the Intimate Judaism podcast and is co- author of the book “I am For My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples.
Dr. Thibault-Gagnon is a physiotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience in the field of pelvic health. She obtained her doctorate in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University in 2019. Her doctoral work involved using ultrasound imaging to advance our understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Dr. Thibault-Gagnon received several prizes for her research, including awards from the International Pelvic Pain Society and from the National Vulvodynia Association. She presented at over twenty international and regional conferences and published ten peer-reviewed articles. She wrote the introductory chapter of “The Overactive Pelvic Floor” book edited by Anna Padoa and Talli Y. Rosenbaum, entitled “Definition and Basic Etiology of the Overactive Pelvic Floor”.
Carolyn is a Canadian physiotherapist, researcher, and pelvic health advocate for 34 years. She holds credentials in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, Acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioral Training. Carolyn has received the Medal of Distinction from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for her work in pelvic health and pain science. Carolyn owns a teaching company called Reframe Rehab and is actively engaged in clinical practice.
Anna Padoa, MD, is chair of the Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Service at the Shamir- Assaf Harofe Medical Centre, Zrifin, Israel. Dr Padoa’s expertise includes urogynecology, female sexual medicine and treatment of sexual abuse survivors. Dr Padoa has authored a chapter on health in sexual abuse survivors in “Critical and Clinical Perspectives on Incest”, Editors Seligman and Solomon, published in Israel in 2004 by Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, and co-editor of the book “The Overactive Pelvic Floor”, published by Springer in December 2016. Dr Padoa has chaired five "Overactive Pelvic Floor" workshops at annual meetings of the International Continence Society (ICS) and International Urogynecologic Association (IUGA). Dr Padoa is co-founder and Secretary of the “Israeli Healthcare Association for Sexual Trauma Treatment and Prevention (ISTT)”. Dr Padoa is a graduate of the 2018 ESSM School of Sexual Medicine and is currently completing her training in clinical sexology.