Labia Glue???? Really??

Ok – so I thought this was an interestingly strange read and the point to bear in mind is that there are products out there and ideas that may seem like a quick fix or too easy – if the method requires little effort or seems too good to be true – it’s probably that…too good to be true.

 

Listening to your body – thinking about how it works and remembering that the issues you may have with: your back, pelvic floor, alignment, and core have come of years of training (all through your life) and also to some extent the genetics you have inherited – it will take re-training and practice to unlearn them!

 

This is the article –

 

 

Gluing your labia shut during your period is a bad idea

Posted by Dr. Jen Gunter ⋅ February 20, 2017 ⋅ 12 Comments

Some dude chiropractor in Kansas wants women to glue their labia shut during their period as an option to pads, tampons, and a menstrual cup. His product is called mensez, you know, because it sounds like menses.

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He claims to have invented some amazing sealant that you apply to the labia minora to seal them together holding in blood. This amazing sealant will then magically release when you urinate, allowing the blood to flow into the toilet. Once you have finished your urinary business then you simply reapply and go on with your day until your next urge to empty your bladder. He calls it feminine lipstick, get it? Because it goes on your labia.

This is stupid for some many reasons it hurts my brain. Here are my top four:

  1. This dude wants us to believe he has invented a miracle skin sealant that is magically reversible with urine, but not blood or sweat and can withstand a significant amount of friction. Ha ha ha ha. There is no Post-it Note labial glue.
  2. Reapplying some kind of glue, even some magically dissolving one, over and over could cause abrasions of the labia minora. Guess what that causes? Real adhesions, as in the labia growing together and needing surgical separation. This is not desirable. I had hoped a chiropractor would know that. Perhaps I expect too much.
  3. The idea that a complete blood tight seal could be obtained with some kind of simple home application is ridiculous. Perhaps he has never seen labia up close? It is technically possible for the labia to fuse shut with inflammatory skin conditions, such as lichen planus and lichen sclerosus and even occasional with severe atrophy. Basically, the skin from either side of the vaginal opening grows together. I treat this condition and I have seen women in urinary retention from this, so yes, a water tight seal is technically possible when the skin grows together, but with a glue?  Getting a perfect seal without using a mirror could be challenging and messy. Also, not everyone has labia large enough to cover their introitus comfortably without significant traction.
  4. Imagine the pain if you sat the wrong way or readjusted your labia and forgot they were glued together! I’m crossing my legs in pain just thinking if it!

Given the attention to the mensez.com site I doubt this is a joke.

Menstrual products in the United States require FDA approval, so this isn’t coming to a store near you anytime soon. If this appears on Kickstarter (they looove vagina products because they get attention and so usually get funded, who cares if they are not biologically plausible or safe or useful, right?) I’d give it a hard pass. If this guy has truly invented safe, reversible, non toxic skin glue strong enough to hold the labia together for 8 hours that only dissolves with urine and not blood then it would have many applications in wound care and the operating room and Pharma or the military would be fighting over it.

So no, a Kansas chiropractor has likely not invented Post-it Notes glue for the labia. However, if it is as amazing as he claims I would love to see a video or him using it on his own lips. How he gets the urine up there is, of course, his business.

 

Nervous system and chronic pelvic pain(CPP)

The thing about chronic pain is that it ramps up the nervous system, which in turn surpresses respiration making breathing shallower.

This is especially destructive with CPP as deep respiration and calming the nervous system are pivotal to lowering pain levels and helping treat the underlying problem.

posture also plays a major role. When a woman feel pain in her pelvic region she tends to round forward over the area to protect it. Breathing thus becomes shallow as your diaphragm and lungs cannot function correctly.

Try standing up straight and breathing into your diaphragm now round your shoulders and stoop forward and try it again- feel  how different it is!

Not breathing properly decreases movement in the abdominals and pelvic floor.

Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP)

Chronic pain ramps up your nervous system this in turn reduces respiration- respiration is particularly affected with pelvic pain as women suffering tend to round forward over the pain. This altering of posture does in itself also limit the ability to breathe as the lungs and diaphragm cannot operate at full function when one is stooped over .

Try it: curl your head and spine forwards and trying doing a diaphragmatic breath. Now try it upright – see the difference?

Try it: Lying on your back take a rolled up towel and place it across your shoulder blades. Keep your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. This mobilises your thoracic spine, opens your chest and encourages improved upright posture. Now use diaphragmatic breathing, inhaling through your nose for a count of 2 and exhaling through your mouth for a count of 4. This will help calm the nervous system, move your diaphragm and relax your upper back.

When we inhale the respiratory diaphragm drops yo help expand our lungs. The  pelvic diaphragm mirrors this and lowers adding mobility and circulation to the pelvic floor – by working to increase the depth of respiration we can improve pelvic floor movement.

 

Incontinence (you are not alone)

Too few women and men discuss incontinence. It can have a marked effect on quality of life, social engagements, friendships. It is makes your world smaller. I used to ‘joke’ that I needed to know where all the public toilets were before we left the house. I would plan a route. I got really good at quick outdoor peeing. I wouldn’t spend the day on the beach or go out on the town with my friends (the taxi ride home was too painful)..

Incontinence effects more people than I once realised it needs to be spoken about, with the growing use of forceps, oxytocin and induced labour comes a rise in incontinence and a reliance on incontince pads. Women use Tena ladies to be able to exercise, live, laugh and go about their daily tasks. Kegels and Tena lady don’t appear to be solving this problem.

Let’s look at the reasons:

Hormonal and physical effects of pregnancy and childbirth are the main reasons why women are much more prone to incontinence than men.

Statistics show that women who have had a baby vaginally are 2.5 times more likely to suffer incontinence than those that haven’t.

During pregnancy there are changes in renal physiology resulting in changes to frequency of voiding and stress incontinence- other symptoms during pregnancy and post pregnancy are: urinary urgency, urge incontinence, incomplete emptying and slow stream.

The increase in stress incontinence during and after pregnancy is the result of damage to the fascias, ligaments, pelvic floor muscles and nerves supporting and controlling the bladder neck and uretha.

Post partum incontinence increases the likelihood of long term incontinence- women post partum who suffer from incontinence are more than 3 times likely to still suffer five years later.

I know all too well how invontinence can lead to depression. You want to be enjoying your baby, meeting friends etc. but every decision/event is ruled by your incontinence. I lost friends, I was too ashamed to explain. My intimacy with my husband changed. I felt dirty all the time. I needed the toilet all the time. Most women don’t want to talk about it. But talk we must!

I had no idea that oxytocin during labour increased my risk of incontinence in later life….did you?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT

Hypopressives have helped to strengthen my pelvic muscles and the connective tissue supporting my bladder. I pee like I did before