Thanks so much for all your help Helen. You really have been invaluable and kept me going when no one seemed to know what I was talking about!
I am so grateful to have been recommended Helen, in a very long, emotional journey, she was a real light at the end of the tunnel. I had visited three different gynacologists before finally getting a diagnosis of vaginal lichen planus. By that stage my husband and I were rarely having sex and when we did it was painful and above all I was incredibly anxious. My treatment from the gynaecologist began with a steroid cream, topical HRT and the amazing Yes lubricant products. The condition improved a great deal but the sex did not. I started treatment with Helen and from the start she was wonderful! She was incredibly understanding and kind and started my treatment with real care, particularly as I was nervous and tearful. I can honestly say that after 10 weeks of working with her, my sex life was back on track and more importantly pain free. She has instilled me with a renewed confidence and helped me to understand the problems I was dealing with. I actually looked forward to seeing her, not just because it was helping me and I was making so much progress each week, but also because Helen is an absolute joy to chat to. Thank you so much!!!
I’m incredibly grateful that I was recommended to see Helen for womens health physio! I was initially skeptical about how helpful it would be as I had suffered for over 5 years with extreme pain during sex to the point where I could no longer have sex (my boyfriend and I eventually broke up because of that and other reasons). I saw numerous gynecologists over the years who “treated” me unsuccessfully. I was told to investigate whether it was a purely “psychological” issue.
A lot of the physio is actually on other muscles like your thighs, glutes and stomach. Helen put me completely at ease during treatment, even the more intimate parts. Helen is friendly, chatty and upbeat. She was also one of the first professionals who I felt truly empathized with the issues I was having and how much they had impacted my life.
After around 6 months of sessions with Helen my muscles were so much better. I am now completely pain free and can enjoy a full sex life with my new boyfriend. It’s not an exaggeration to say that being treated by Helen has completely changed my life. Thank you Helen!!
Before treatment I was unable to stand up for long periods of time due to strong achey pains in my rectal area. This affected my life immensely and being unable to identify the cause myself or through a doctor was worrying and frustrating, making the situation significantly worse.
I was also experiencing pain during sex, mostly upon entrance which made me fear sex and feel as if I would never be able to have normal relationship. Recognising that the two things were linked to pelvic floor issues, I was prescribed dilators after a painful examination but due to no guidance or help along the way didn’t have any success with them.
My main reservation about treatment was the pain I had experienced with examinations in the past. I was also worried that if I accepted I had a pelvic floor problem then it would become more of a big deal in my head as in the past I had tried to ignore symptoms and hope they would go away on their own. However being only 21 at the time I wanted to resolve this issue as early as possible before it began to affect my adult life.
Treatment was the best decision I could have made and I’m so grateful to have found out about pelvic floor physiotherapy. I felt completely comfortable during sessions with Helen and this enabled me to relax and not be nervous. Helen gave me stretches and squeezing exercises to do in my own time to help the strength and flexibility of my pelvic floor and I left each session feeling a sense of achievement that I was working towards a 100% recovery. I was also given guidance of how to use dilators which has built my confidence immensely as well as lots of advice and reassurance to help me along the way.
The best result from treatment has been being able to have sex successfully and be in a happy relationship.
Before seeing Helen I was not only suffering from Vulvodynia but also Vaginismus. It hurt me to wear a tampon, and my body/vulva would involuntarily close up if anything came within two inches of it. Thankfully I had a super understanding boyfriend! I had heard about women’s health physiotherapy through the VPS support group. All of the ladies I had spoken to, said it was one of the things that had helped them the most. I remember feeling a bit taken aback when the women in the group explained what the physio involved. I couldn’t imagine having something so intimate, done to me by a stranger.The treatment has been truly great. From the very beginning Helen put any worries I had to ease and really took the time to understand my condition. She was confident she could make me better and although a little skeptical, I put my trust in her hands. Physio was slightly painful to begin with – nearly of my muscles down there had become so tense and knotted over the years, but gradually with each session the pain eased.
Helen set me homework which included using dialators and doing pelvic floor exercises. She also performed acupuncture on me too which helped. I now only experience pain in two tiny areas on touch, and lucky for me, they don’t cause me any grief during sex. For something that seemed very alien to me at first, physio has turned into being one of the most normal things ever. I now really look forward to my sessions. Helen is such an awesome physio – super skilled at what she does and I get on with her so well.The best thing- From being able to chat to someone with a medical background about my condition who truly understands, through to seeing the progress month on month.
The one best result though, has to be getting pregnant!! Before physio, I didn’t think I’d be able to have sex again, let alone get pregnant. So this really is a true blessing 🙂
I owe so much to Helen – she’s a little miracle worker!