What’s Below Your Belt?
or the past 10 years, a small but mighty organization in Chicago, Illinois, has been fighting for women. Fighting for equal rights or equal pay? Not quite. The Women’s Health Foundation (WHF) focuses its efforts exclusively on pelvic health awareness and the prevention of pelvic health issues that cost women their dignity and the healthcare system upwards of $65.9 billion per year.
Founder and executive director, Missy Lavender, has worked tirelessly to inform patients and those in the medical community, bringing together urogynecologists, OBGYNs, physical therapists, and fitness trainers to develop understanding around all things pelvic: prolapse, bladder control, bowl health, muscles and bones, hygiene, sexuality, and reproduction. Not many women take the time to pay attention to this “center of all centers,” or care for it in the present so it doesn’t impinge upon quality of life in the future.
WHF’s most recent work brings innovative education to adolescents, both to catch girls before developing bad habits, and to help inform their mothers, who likely aren’t aware of pelvic health as a concept or who already experience symptoms themselves. The foundation’s groundbreaking book for tweens and teens, Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region was published in October.
Whether young or just young at heart, the following 5 tips can help bring your pelvis into view with an eye on health now and in the future: