Pelvic Floor Therapist Sara Reardon on Vagina Costume Health
Sara Reardon wants pelvic floor health to be a priority — and sometimes that includes wearing a vulva costume.
New Orleans-based Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist operates the Vagina Whisperer website and Instagram accounta destination for people who want to strengthen their pelvic floor and learn more about it.
The pelvic floor muscles are located between the tailbone and the pubic bone in the pelvis. In women, they support the uterus and vagina as well as the intestines and bladder. Over time, These muscles can become weaker, which can lead to problems like constipation and incontinence. For Reardon, it was a clinical stint in graduate school that brought to light the importance of the pelvic floor to overall health.
“These muscles are responsible for really important things like peeing and pooping, reproductive health, periods and sex,” she tells Yahoo Life. The patients she worked with were “so grateful they had someone to help them with these really intimate issues. I just found the work very enriching.”
Reardon, who is now operating NOLA Pelvic Health — the only clinic in New Orleans that focuses exclusively on pelvic floor therapy — is also harnessing the power of the internet to educate people who are unable to come to their practice through their Vagina Whisperer website. She started one Instagram page of the same name in early 2017 after the birth of their son. It has more than 480,000 followers.
While her primary focus was postpartum pelvic floor health, she has since expanded beyond that. Her Instagram offers bite-sized tips on everything from ways to strengthen your pelvic floor and the difference between vulva and vagina how Your daily peloton training can affect your pelvic floor and why people “queef”
Discussing these issues openly is crucial for Reardon. “It’s a part of your body, like a shoulder, a foot, or a knee,” she notes. “Part of the reason we don’t address some of these pelvic floor issues is because we don’t feel comfortable talking about them.”
Reardon says it’s also important for her to keep any information she shares accountable. “I don’t want to use words like ‘urinary incontinence,'” she explains. “I say, ‘Are you peeing your pants?’ Trying to connect with people in a way that they would understand that didn’t feel clinical was really helpful. The response was enormous. It’s nearly half a million people who said, “I want to know more about my pelvic floor, vagina, and vulva.” It’s really a testament to how many people want this information, but they don’t get it from anywhere else. “
Another way Reardon keeps their content trackable? costumes. Well, specifically one Costume – a giant vulva, which she first posted to her Instagram when she hit 10,000 followers in 2018. The first post, in which she floated in a pool in an anatomical outfit, was created with the help of her twin sister, who worked in marketing.
“There was a store in Brooklyn called Conceived that sold these vulva costumes,” Reardon explains, noting that the costumes became popular around the same time as the Women’s March [in 2017] but are no longer available. Although the $130 suit was a big purchase for the pelvic floor therapist at the time, she calls it the “best investment” she’s made.
The costume, silly as it is, helps people feel “more comfortable” with the vulva, she says — which can help people take action for their health.
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