The Pelvic Health Podcast



Podcast for professionals, as well as the general public, on all things related to pelvic health. Interviews with leading experts. Hosted by physiotherapist Lori Forner, BScH, MPhtySt, PhD candidate


  • Female Genital Cutting with Dr Greg Jenkins

    26/01/2024 Duração: 32min

    We are back for 2024 (better late than never) with an interesting talk about female genital cutting (previously known as FGM - female genital mutilation) with Dr Greg Jenkins. Today’s episode is a tough but important episode. We discuss female genital cutting previously known as female genital mutilation in Australia. We have had the absolute privilege of talking to Dr Greg Jenkins, who was an OBGYN at Auburn hospital when they were first confronted with women in labour who had immigrated from countries where this cultural tradition continues. They looked around for pregnancy and birth guidelines for this population of women but couldn’t find any, so went about creating them, with some exceptional outcomes for these women.     Dr Jenkins currently heads up Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Westmead Public hospital in Sydney, and works privately at Norwest Private hospital in Sydney. We are very grateful for his time.  

  • PCOS and the role of lifestyle interventions with dietitian Dr Stephanie Pirotta

    06/11/2023 Duração: 43min

    We had a brilliant chat with Dr Stephanie Pirotta about PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and the role of lifestyle interventions to manage the chronic illness. This episode was meant to be aired before the PB Endo Conference, where Dr Pirotta presented a wonderful talk, however Lori's life was crazy and she just couldn't pull it together and get it out there in time. Apologies! But this episode is such a great listen.   Dr Stephanie Pirotta is an accredited Dietician, Nutritionist and Researcher - She has a PhD in PCOS and doing post-doctoral work at Monash University in the space of diet, PCOS, endometriosis and fertility.   Stephanie is the founder of Womanly Nutrition and Dietetics in Melbourne.   Enjoy!   Check out her research here: Publications

  • Understanding Stillbirth with Heidi Mules

    11/09/2023 Duração: 48min

    Today’s episode discusses the deeply sensitive topic of stillbirth. We understand that discussing this subject can be distressing or triggering for those who have experienced loss, are currently dealing with pregnancy complications, or are currently pregnant. In this episode, we chat with a long-time physiotherapy colleague and friend of Lori's, Heidi Mules. She shares her personal story about the birth of her daughter Sophie, risks for stillbirth, better communication during and after pregnancy, and healing.  You can read more about Heidi's story here Please use the following resources to help you and others: Sands - miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support Still Aware - prevention-focused charity CRE Safer Baby Bundle - for clinicians Precious Wings - memory boxes Born Ready  

  • The Vagus Nerve with physio Michelle Lyons

    13/08/2023 Duração: 53min

    What is the vagus nerve? What is the polyvagal theory? Why should we care? Isn't it controversial? The one and only, Michelle Lyons, will answer these questions and sooooo much more on this episode (think: behaviour change for patients, how do we as clinicians avoid burnout, etc). For those of you who have been listening to this podcast, you will be very familiar with previous episodes on menopause and endometriosis. You will also be familiar with her generosity - and keeping in line with that, she is giving listeners a 20% discount on her online courses until the end of August 2023 - use the code "Phpodcast" !!!  Michelle's Website and PODCAST The Pelvic Health Community - JOIN US NOW! PB Endo Conference 2023  

  • In The Clinic: Tips on palpating external urethral sphincter

    31/07/2023 Duração: 18min

    In The Clinic today with Jo: palpating and cueing EUS (external urethral sphincter). Don't forget about the upcoming Brisbane Endo conference in October - tickets selling faaaaaast: PB Endo conference!!!! And of course checking out The Pelvic Health Community!!!!:   The paper Jo is discussing: For extra knowledge in this area, you can learn from us here... Online: 2D Transperineal Ultrasound in Females: A tool for pelvic floor physios Face-to-face: 2D Transperineal Ultrasound Skills Workshop 2D Transperineal Ultrasound in Females: A tool for pelvic floor physios

  • The pressure of measuring pelvic floor pressure. How much do we know? With Dr. Jennifer Kruger

    10/07/2023 Duração: 41min

    This episode welcomes back to the pod, the wonderful Dr. Jennifer Kruger, who was on the podcast in 2018 discussing the vaginal pressure profile and the early work behind JunoFem and the FemFit – the focus on today’s episode. She is a wealth of knowledge, has a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, 15 years of clinical experience in nursing and midwifery, and now the CEO and Co-founder of JunoFem – a medtech company on a mission to free women from the stigma of urinary incontinence. Listen in as we discuss some of her research that led her to design the FemFit in addition to how it works and what it does. A revolutionary little device that is unlike any other. Links to some things we discuss: The Pelvic Health Community Getting the FemFit here from Fiona! PB Endometriosis Conference in Brisbane ICS Conference in the T-dot 2023 - join us!!!!  

  • In The Clinic:Tips for transperineal ultrasound use for physios

    08/05/2023 Duração: 26min

    We are adding some new information to The Pelvic Health Podcast. Our expert interviews will continue but in between them, we will now have some shorter episodes on useful clinical ideas for assessment and treatment.  Today it's the ever-growing interest in transperineal ultrasound and I (Lori) share some tips.  PB Endo conference!!!! For extra knowledge in this area, you can learn from us here... Online: 2D Transperineal Ultrasound in Females: A tool for pelvic floor physios Face-to-face: 2D Transperineal Ultrasound Skills Workshop 2D Transperineal Ultrasound in Females: A tool for pelvic floor physios

  • Pelvic floor myth busting with physiotherapist Taryn Hallam

    24/04/2023 Duração: 58min

    THE Taryn Hallam (physiotherapist, educator and WHTA founder) joins the podcast in this episode to bust some big myths about pelvic floor dysfunction. Myths she addresses include: The Oxford scale as a measure of PFM strength Levator ani muscle function as a major factor in stress urinary incontinence Detrusor overactivity and overactive bladder as the same thing Caffeine as a major bladder irritant  Relaxin as the cause of ligament laxity in pregnancy Are crunches bad for the pelvic floor? And more! For those of you who don't know Taryn Hallam, she is one of the most brilliant women we know. Not only does she run the most comprehensive education on the pelvic floor in Australia through WHTA, she now travels world-wide and online to share this. The annual research updates are insanely popular and not to be missed. (No, this is not an ad or paid). Hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did.

  • Physiotherapy: Profession, Pathways, and Avoiding Burnout with OAM Sue Croft

    17/03/2023 Duração: 45min

    Pelvic floor physiotherapist, and recently awarded Order of Australia Medal, Sue Croft is joining us today to talk about longevity in physiotherapy profession. Given her extensive experience and contribution in this field for over 30 years, who better to talk to about avoiding burnout from our clinical and educational loads. Sue then turns the mic on me (Lori) to discuss my chosen professional pathway of a PhD, which leads to some great conversations. Hope you enjoy our chat and below are some resources we discuss: Sue's books: Pelvic Floor Recovery: Physiotherapy for Gynaecological Repair Surgery, Pelvic Floor Essentials  Sue's blog: a must read! WHTA courses The Physiotherapy Clinic Education - which will be changing names soon The brilliant Nat McConachie APA course for pelvic health

  • Evidence for increased tone or overactivity of pelvic floor muscles in pelvic health conditions: A systematic review with physio Dr Rachel Worman

    08/01/2023 Duração: 44min

    Join us for the fantastic insight into Dr. Rachel Worman's work trying to disentangle the great web of confusion around pelvic floor muscle tone.  Rachel has taken a deep dive into all the research looking into high tone/overactive/hypertonic pelvic floor muscles and its relationship with symptoms, and produced for us all a systematic review. She has been working with the team at the University of Queensland, including Ryan Stafford and Paul Hodges, and recently produced this epic piece of brilliance: "Evidence for pelvic floor muscle increased tone/overactivity in pelvic health conditions?: a systematic review”   Rachel is a fellow MSK and pelvic health clinician and researcher. She too has been trying to understand the difference in “types of tone” in the pelvic floor muscles and how this relates to symptoms.    Rachel has a Bachelor or Science, Biopsychology, Masters in Physical Therapy, Doctorate in Physical Therapist and current PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland.    We hope this episode hel

  • Vulvability Special Holiday Episode

    22/12/2022 Duração: 47min

    This is our special holiday episode on vulnerability. One of our fav podcasts, The Imperfects @theimperfectspodcast, do a great segment called “Vulnerabili-tea” and we jumped on this and decided to call ours “Vulva-bility”. Jo, Tam, and I take you on a vulnerability episode where we answer the following questions: If you could tell your younger self some advice, what would it be? What do you want to give, create, be, feel, or share? What things in your past have shaped the way you see things now or go about your life? We also share our own issues with our pelvic floor and how it has shaped some of our clinical work. I loved this episode. It was fun and insightful and lovely to share. Please note, they’re a couple swear words so warning before you listen with your kids. Links: Lori's online intro transperineal ultrasound course is here Brisbane transperineal ultrasound workshops here (with Lori) Sydney transperineal ultrasound workshops here (with The Physiotherapy Clinic) Put the date in your calendar: Oct 27

  • Impact of heavy resistance training on pregnancy and postpartum health outcomes

    17/12/2022 Duração: 53min

    Pelvic floor physiotherapist, National level weightlifter, and PhD candidate, Christina Prevett, is here to discuss her recently published journal article titled "Impact of heavy resistance training on pregnancy and postpartum health outcomes", authored by Christina Prevet, Miranda L. Kimber, Lori Forner, Marlize de Vivo, and Margie H. Davenport. LINK TO READ PAPER HERE: This episode she dives into the paper, heavy weightlifting during pregnancy, what is and should be a "valsalva" for weightlifting, and much more.  Join us for a great conversation on a much needed topic. For more on Christina:      

  • Olympic athletes can train during pregnancy and return to sport as a mother with Eloise Wellings

    17/11/2022 Duração: 44min

    We are incredibly honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to chat with Eloise Wellings, who generously shares her incredible story of triumphs and set-backs. Eloise’s story has examples of all health issues facing female athletes, from eating disorders, menstrual dysfunction and RED-s, to pregnancy and exercise and returning to sport post partum.   Eloise Wellings is one of Australia’s most inspiring female athletes. She has been running since she was 10 years old, followed her dreams and competed for Australia in 2 Olympic Games in middle distance running. Eloise has also competed in multiple Commonwealth Games, most recently placing 4th in the marathon in Birmingham. You can learn more about Eloise on her website   Eloise has also become a sound mentor for younger runners, and as part of helping them thrive has teamed up with mental skills coach Rory Darkins in their very own podcast “Whats right within” - we highly recommend the episode on How to Optimise Stres

  • Effect of pelvic floor symptoms on exercise participation in females

    16/10/2022 Duração: 41min

    You will love listening to Jodie Dakic, an amazing physiotherapy clinician and researcher. Her clinical experience in elite sport is inspiring, not to mention she has almost finished her PHD investigating pelvic floor symptoms, sport and exercise.  Jodie lectures at Monash University in the department of physiotherapy, she co-directs the curriculum of physiotherapy program and women's and men's pelvic health stream.   Jodie spent 14 years with Women’s Tennis Association, travelling around the world with the elite athletes, currently they are lucky to have her as a research consultant. Jodie has also worked with Australian junior softball team and the Victoria softball teams. Jodie now works clinically fusing her sports and pelvic health knowledge.   Jodie has combined her extensive clinical experience in elite female sport  and pelvic health physiotherapy, to devise her research questions regarding the impact of pelvic health conditions on women participating in sport and exercise.   Jodie shares her insights

  • Endometriosis: research on self-management strategies

    12/09/2022 Duração: 48min

    Amelia "Millie" Mardon is a full time PHD student at The University of South Australia working to improve our understanding of persistent pelvic pain. Millie and her amazing colleagues have published a systematic review of the efficacy of self management strategies for females with endometriosis, and more recently a systematic review on the treatment recommendations for the management of persistent pelvic pain. She shares with us the insights she has learnt from her research, and how we can benefit from these as clinicians. She has a vision to write an “Explain Pain” style book for women with persistent pelvic pain - which we wait for excitedly. We loved talking to Millie and we hope you enjoy the show.  Jo, Tam, and Lori   Other links: "The accessibility of physiotherapy for adolescents with persistent pelvic pain: a qualitative study", Mardon et al PDF "Persistent pelvic pain – what do the guidelines recommend?" Blog with Millie Mardon and Hayley Leake (who should know who she is if you live in Australia

  • Elite athletes: the latest research on pregnancy and postpartum

    05/08/2022 Duração: 58min

    Dr Margie Davenport is an Associate Professor at The University of Alberta where her areas of research including investigating the maternal-fetal transmission of chronic disease and exploring the role of exercise in pregnancy as a preventative strategy in the development of chronic disease. Margie and her team are sure shaking up our thoughts on type and intensity of exercise in pregnancy and reframing our mindset from "can exercise in pregnancy be harmful?" to - "Not participating in exercise in pregnancy IS harmful". Todays’ episode, she joins us to discuss the new exercises guidelines in pregnancy and how they were developed. In addition, Margie shares with us the findings of her new qualitative research on the experiences of pregnancy and motherhood for Elite Female Athletes.   We had a great time talking to Margie and we hope you enjoy the episode.    Thank you to our episode sponsor: Empowered Motherhood Program   You can learn more about Margie and links we discuss: The Get Active Questionnaire for Pr

  • Women in Sport Congress with Dr. Rachel Harris

    15/07/2022 Duração: 31min

    Dr Rachel Harris is a Sport & Medicine Physician, Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Paralympic Team for the Tokyo games, and Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Water Polo Team. She is also the Project Lead for the AIS Female athlete performance and health, menstrual cycle and hormonal contraception project. Oh and an Olympian. Today's episode she joins Jo, Tam and I to discuss the upcoming Women In Sport Congress in Melbourne at the MCG on Aug 17-19, 2022 - a conference not to be missed, with free childcare, sponsored by Brukner & Khan (yep, THE Brukner and Khan from Clinical Sports Medicine. The book that got us all through ;) Rachel shares her background, details about the conference, details about the AIS female pelvic health initiative, and some more cool projects on the way. For those of you who can get to the MCG, be there. Rachel's Twitter Account  

  • The New Pelvic Health Podcast Gang

    06/07/2022 Duração: 31min

    Yes it's still me, Lori, and yes it's still The Pelvic Health Podcast but I have new friends to hang out with and interview with and chat with and we will have so much more fun to come. Listen up, enjoy the fresh voices, and laugh with us while you get to know a little bit more about us all ❤️

  • Postpartum Exercise Adherence Research with Steph Paplinskie

    05/06/2022 Duração: 57min

    Steph Paplinskie is a prenatal and postpartum fitness specialist, strength and conditioning coach, PhD candidate in the Exercise and Pregnancy Lab at Western University and international lecturer. Her research investigates the effects of physical activity and exercise training interventions on pregnant and postpartum women. She also runs her own business StrongHer Fitness and is passionate about sharing the science of pregnancy with moms around the world through Precision Pregnancy.   Please fill out (if you are eligible) and share this link for her current study "Postpartum Physical Activity, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Depressive Symptoms (PADDS) Study"   Enjoy our chat about her research on exercise adherence in postpartum mothers.   And a big thank you to this episode's sponsor (and my favourite resource for pregnant and postnatal/postpartum patients):  The Empowered Motherhood Program                 

  • Pelvic pain and Graded Motor Imagery-ish

    10/03/2022 Duração: 46min

    Today’s episode for is for all you pelvic pain nerds out there. I bring you a brilliant discussion I had with pelvic floor physio, Katie Kelly, on the concepts of graded motor imagery for pelvic pain.  Katie Kelly is a pelvic floor physiotherapist from New Brunswick, Canada. She graduated from the MSc PT program at Dalhousie University in 2010 and has been working with pelvic floor patients for over a decade. She opened her private physiotherapy practice in 2017, and co-opened ReConnect Health Centre, a women’s focused multidisciplinary health clinic in June 2020.  Katie is a guest lecturer at Dalhousie University’s School of Physiotherapy where she lectures on the topics of pregnancy and pelvic floor physiotherapy. Katie is an active contributing author to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Women’s Health Division Newsletter. She has a passion for Cesarean section rehabilitation education, recently presented on this topic for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and teaches a professional course on

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