What’s Be­low Your Belt?

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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:

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