Over the centuries,women have used a variety of feminine hygiene products from soften papyrus in ancient Egypt, through cotton and cotton cloth to widely advertised now-a-days sophisticated high absorbency tampons and pads. A typical TV commercial about these products would show a gorgeous woman dressed in white going to dance during the heaviest day of her period and the commercial would be something like “feel safe, maximum protection”. The least problem in such an advertisement would be that hardly we dress in white tight pants and go dancing during the heaviest day of our periods. However that’s not the problem. The problem is that such a commercial does not list the materials these maximum absorbency, maximum protection tampons are made from neither do they explain the risks associated with inserting these products into our bodies.
While talking about physiotherapy most of us associate it with the assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardio-vascular systems. It is most commonly used for rehabilitation after acute or chronic musculoskeletal injury or after orthopedic surgeries. Pelvic floor muscles are skeletal muscles and can require the same type of rehabilitation like the other skeletal muscles in our body. Pelvic health physiotherapists are specially trained to assess and treat these muscles.
During the last years the use of acupuncture in female infertility as complementary therapy to conventional treatmenthas increased in popularity. Infertility in Traditional Chinese Medicine is defined as stop of Qi and blood in the pelvis. In Western medicine, research shows that increased resistance to uterine blood flow may be important contributing factor to unexplained infertility (Steer,Tan, Mason, and Campbell, 1994).
In conventional medicine in vitro fertilization (IVF) is considered as the next choice of treatment for unexplained infertility when other therapies such as timed intercourse, ovarian superovulation, intrauterine insemination and gamete intrafallopian transfer had failed (Sutter, 2006). During the last decades, the rate of success in the treatment of unexplained infertility has increased largely because of advances in IVF (Reindollar et al, 2009). However, 83–89% of the embryos grown in vitro achieve unsuccessful implantation following IVF and embryo transfer (Steck et al, 2004).