Friday, December 28, 2012

What to buy with your Christmas cash!

Now that Christmas is over and you may be returning gifts, think about spending the money you get back on something you could really use. For people dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction, there are some gadgets and items out there that could make your life easier.

Photo courtesy of Arm's Reach Concepts
One item that could prove beneficial for new mothers with pelvic pain is a bassinett that allows access from the side. These bassinetts allow parents who have pain with sitting to care for their child from a sidelying position. Also, moms who are recovering from a C-section can take care of their infant without the strain of having to lift the baby out of their crib.  (Please note that there have been recalls on some bassinetts and this is not a recommendation for co-sleeping.)

Who doesn't love a good book to curl up with in the winter? Books that help you further understand your diagnosis and treatment options can be very empowering tools. For those who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis, I recommend The Interstitial Cystitis Survival GuideFor those dealing with chronic pelvic pain, A Headache in the Pelvis is a great resource and approaches pelvic pain from a male perspective as well, which many books on the subject only discuss from a female point of view. Another great book for women with pelvic pain and other pelvic issues is Heal Pelvic Pain.

Photo courtesy of Squatty Potty

For those people who have chronic constipation and difficulty with bowel movements, the Squatty Potty is a great gadget that allows you to sit in the optimal position for improved ease with bowel movements.

Photo courtesy of Tush Cush

For people who have pain with sitting a cushion is a great option. For those who have tailbone pain or pain in the rectum or anus, the Tush Cush is a good option as it has a cutout to take pressure off the area. A cushion is an item that is very specific to a person's body and type of pain, so this type of cushion may not work for everyone, but there are many cushions out there that can help decrease your pain with sitting.

Although these items might not meet your specific needs, I hope that you'll consider using some of that gift money to purchase something that will make your life easier and better. I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best in the coming new year. Come back in January when I will be talking about resolutions and ways you improve your life in 2013!