• A word from your vulva

    Before I started sharing my journey with you I used to talk a lot about body acceptance. Body acceptance in the sense of loving our own bodies no matter what they may look like. It’s something that lies very close to my heart. There was, however, one thing I forgot along the way. I, like many others, have a history of disliking my own body. My undefined calfs, a tummy that makes me second guess my worth (?!) – when I sit, stand, or hang upside-down from the ceiling – and a flat bum. Now, when I think of body acceptance, it’s not just about accepting my stretch marks on…

  • A thought on menstrual cups & pelvic pain

    I’ve never really thought about using a menstrual cup because I believed that it might not work with my pelvic pain. Shoving something up my vagina has always been a huuuuge problem for me, from the very first time I Tried using a tampon at the age of 12. I had a pool party booked for the day (my own pool party so I wanted to be, you know, the coolest kid), and of course my period came knocking. It’s always like that eh? I had my dad go to the grocery store to get me my very first package of tampons (hallelujah dad), and he came back with like…

  • What is a Hypertonic Pelvic Floor?

    This was not a thing in my vocabulary when I got my surgeries, I wish it would have been for sure though. The more I learn, it helps me understand (obviously) a lot more about myself and my body. You know when your in your teens and you’ve just discovered that there’s this thing called sex, and everyone’s like “omg I hope I don’t get “too” loose down there”, and kegels enter your life? This is when when you’re 15. So you start doing them when you’re waiting for the school bus – how f*cked up is that? Then you start watching Sex and the city when you’re 17, and…

  • Energy Healing: The Root Chakra

    Hi lovelies, Today I’m gonna talk about the Root Chakra, also known as Muladhara. I did a recent post on all the Chakras in general, and why we can use these to heal ourselves. It’s an amazing tool to have if you’re into the whole holistic scene, which many of you in this space are. The Root chakra is our first out of the seven main Chakras, and it is located at the bottom of the spine, or where you can find your lovely perineum, which many of us have issues with (Hola LS ladies). It comes in the colour dark red, gravity is its most influential force, and its…

  • Lichen Sclerosus in current research

    There has been research done on Lichen Sclerosus, but not as much as we’d hope (or what we may want), and high quality prospective studies are needed to fill in the gaps. By high quality prospective studies I am talking about the fact that there are different levels when it comes to research, and unfortunately the ones done on Lichen Sclerosus aren’t all of an “A” level. For instance, looking at the table provided in the picture you can look at the evidence rating of some the studies done, and then an explanation at the bottom. This is something to keep in mind as you (if you’re a nerd like…

  • What is Lichen Sclerosus?

    I started working on a course for you ladies, kind of a “Lichen Sclerosus 101”, but truth be told my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I had too much going on in my own life and it’s been too long since I started working on it. And if my heart’s not in it, you girl’s gotta listen. If you don’t listen to your body they energy is gonna end up somewhere stuck and cause pain. However, there is some really valuable information that many of you need so I wanted to share some of it with you. What is Lichen Sclerosus? Lichen Sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin condition, also…

  • Energy Healing: The Chakras

    For those of you whom have followed along on my yoga journey might know that I recently started a Youtube Channel, it is named Yoga by Penny, or you can click the little Youtube button in the corner ↗ I wanted to create a yoga series where we go through all the chakras to optimize our energy system. I teach chakra yoga classes at Karma Yoga Studio in Guelph, and I love it – so I wanted to continue to share and spread the healing power. This way you can work on them yourself through yoga in your very own home (I think we need this A LOT right now).…

  • I Can Choose To Shift My Energy

    I get a lot of messages from you saying that you are so impressed with how easy I look upon my condition, with so much positivity. Let me tell you, it hasn’t always been like this. Hence the previous blog post. The thing is, I might be in pain, I might have hard days where I feel like “this is it? Is this worth it?”, but in the end – I am Not my condition. The condition doesn’t own me. I can choose to shift my energy and find positivity in the smallest things. I can choose to work on myself every day, my physical health, my mental health, my…

  • Pelvic pain and mental health. We all have a story.

    I’m a happy duck. I’m a happy person, with my ups and downs, but nothing that really defines as something more than just being a normal person. But it hasn’t always been like this.  Years ago I struggled with really bad anxiety and depression, due to what I’ve been through mentally and physically. To be depressed people seem to think that something REALLY bad must have happened to you. Nothing has to happen to you, you can be depressed or have anxiety without knowing why. And that’s okay.  I’m in pain. The sort of pain that affects you mentally and physically. The sort of pain that can make you not…

  • Prioritize this for your health

    Everyone is talking about it, but let’s be honest, it’s not a priority is it? It’s boring, and it’s not an easy thing to deal with if you’re in a lot of pain. I used to dread going to sleep, because I knew the next day I would just wake up feeling shitty and still in pain. But the body is so much more complex than just focusing on one specific area (such as the vulva). We always look for a quick fix for whatever we suffer from – that one cream that will take away all of the pain, the supplement that is gonna change everything, the fitness class…