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Humans should urinate at least four to six times a day, but occasionally, the pressures of modern life force us to clench and hold it in. How bad is this habit, and how long can our bodies withstand it?

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WE are all guilty of holding in a pee for longer than we should. But this gruesome fact might change your mind about waiting to go - experts have warned regularly holding in your pee can lead to pain and even incontinence.

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You just downed two cups of black coffee. You drank a liter of water after your workout. Your girlfriends talked you into doing a green juice cleanse. You just suffer from IBB (itty bitty bladder) syndrome.

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I constantly have to pee. Not in, like, a concerning way; just in an, "I have a tiny bladder" sort of way. That means I've gotten used to holding it. But according to this recent video, you probably shouldn't hold your pee.

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Women’s health issues are still taboo. Pelvic issues in women are common, whether it’s taking days off due to period pain, peeing your pants when jumping on the trampoline, or withholding from sex due to pain.

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Sure, life is busy. The work/home/kids juggling act means that taking care of YOU is often an after thought. To help get us on the right track, we put together a decade-by-decade guide on how to be healthy at every age.

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The pelvic floor muscles are the powerhouse muscles of a woman’s body. Not sure if you’re taking care of yours? These are the most common mistakes women make with their pelvic floor:

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Sure, you know that boobs don’t come in matching sets, and that you really shouldn’t sleep in a tampon, but these are the other things every woman needs to know about her body:

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Every road tripper, moviegoer and lazy couch-sitter has pondered this question since the beginning of time (or at least since those activities were invented). An expert takes us on a biological lesson.

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Every woman who gives birth must see a women’s health physiotherapist. We are trained in vaginal and rectal examinations and are highly skilled in pelvic floor issues.
The healthcare system fails to educate...

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When it comes to gynaecological issues, apart from doing nothing, the go-to treatment is typically surgery. Evidence-based alternatives such as pelvic floor physiotherapy are rarely provided.

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Heard you should practise Kegels by stopping your urine flow? Don’t. It may lead to incomplete bladder emptying and an increased risk of UTIs. It’s the key to a strong mid-game and zero leakage anxiety.

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If you have painful sex, quit the Pelvic Floor exercises (Kegels) and take up Yoga instead. Do you experience pain during sex? or spasms and shooting pains when inserting a tampon or during intercourse?

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Sex should be an enjoyable experience, but for some women it can be a real pain. Medically, painful sex is referred to by a few different names: dyspareunia, vaginismus, vulvodynia or genito-pelvic pain penetration disorder. 

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Birth and motherhood have their share of ups and downs and, as fitness professionals and health professionals, we have an important role to play in a new mom’s physical wellbeing as well as her mental and emotional wellbeing.

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Looking after your pelvic floor is important for all women – especially mums – and it is surprisingly easy to do once you understand how to do it.It is no surprise that the pelvic floor is often compromised after pregnancy..

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The pelvic floor muscles are powerfully glorious and play such an important role in women’s physical, mental, emotional, social, and sexual well-being. From pregnancy to birth, bladder health to bowel health, spinal support to sexual

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Periods are not a topic many people often speak about but they can reveal a lot about your overall health. From the frequency of your periods, to heaviness, colour and other symptoms like pain and PMS, tracking your...

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A little something you should know before your third trimester: pelvic pain is a thing (and a common thing at that). Whether it starts as a niggling pain in your hips, or makes sitting (yes, sitting) uncomfortable, pelvic pain is one of...

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Periods are not a topic many people often speak about but they can reveal a lot about a your overall health. From the frequency of your periods, to heaviness, colour and other symptoms like pain and PMS, tracking your...

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Pregnancy and birth are joyous times in a woman’s life, as we anticipate the arrival of our babies. Unfortunately, pregnancy and birth can sometimes put too much strain on our bodies, and we can be left a little worse for wear 'down

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Endometriosis affects one in 10 women, with the predominant symptom being period pain. Unfortunately over time, due to ongoing inflammation, scarring and adhesions, women with endo can go on to develop persistent

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1. Prolapse, 2. Losing the mummy tummy, 3. Leaking in pregnancy, 4. Back pain and pelvic pain in pregnancy, 5. Birth risks, 6. Vaginismus and painful sex, 7. Endometriosis affects as many people as diabetes does

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There’s a number of physical complications that pregnancy can cause. One of these is pelvic organ prolapse. This can cause swelling, bulging, lower-back, abdomen or pelvic pain, as well as both urinary and fecal incontinence..

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Giving birth stretches a woman’s body to the limit (and sometimes beyond). And the changes that occur in the pelvic tissues are akin to those that occur in a contact sports injury. Yet, women aren’t informed of this, their risks of

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Separation of the abdominal muscles is a common condition after pregnancy. It’s a natural part of pregnancy to allow for your growing uterus and baby. But in 2/3 women, that lower belly pouch can be hard to shift.

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It's a club you never wanted to be a part of but someone gave you the monthly subscription. And with that comes the cramps, irritability, nausea and the all-round unwell feelings of PMS. The hardest part is you don’t look sick.

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You either dread its arrival or look forward to a few days of reprieve from fasting. Periods. The natural and healthy occurrence every woman goes through to cleanse the uterus and prepare the body for a chance at the miracle of life.

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Childbirth is a painful and often traumatic experience for women, but according to Sydney physiotherapist Heba Shaheed it is not spoken about enough.Up to 50 per cent of mothers will develop pelvic organ prolapse and

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The pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles and connective tissue that provide support for your spine and pelvis, and for your pelvic organs – the bladder, the uterus and the bowel. The pelvic floor muscles are one of the

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Severe menstrual pain is not normal. If you experience severe pain during your period it is possible you are suffering from an underdiagnosed disease called Endometriosis. Endometrial tissue lines the uterus.

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Why does my period make my back and pelvis hurt?
12 easy nutrition tips to ease endometriosis and pelvic pain

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Endometriosis affects one in 10 women worldwide with the main sign being period pain. Thriving with endometriosis can be challenging, and many women with endo may find it difficult to train and exercise in the way

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It took 11 years for Heba to be diagnosed with endometriosis. She shares why a Federal commitment for a National Action Plan to offer support for women suffering from the misunderstood medical condition is necessary.

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With so much pressure to ‘bounce back’ after baby, sometimes we forget that we’ve gone through this miraculous journey of pregnancy and birth, and that things are going to change in our bodies whether we like it or not.

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Our bodies undergo some unexpected changes after pregnancy and birth. From nagging back aches to frequent visits to the toilet and embarrassing bladder accidents, there are a host of issues women are simply putting up

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One of the most important group of muscles in a woman’s body are her pelvic floor muscles. They support the spine and the pelvis, keeping our backs strong and stable, and they support the pelvic organs – the bladder, the bowels and..

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Whether it’s your first child or you’re a seasoned mother, the days, weeks and months following the birth of a baby can feel like a rollercoaster for many women. While you may be impatient — or not! — to return to the gym and to your..

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Endometriosis is an invisible illness that affects one in 10 women, including myself. Like most women with endometriosis, my diagnosis was severely delayed. The average delay in diagnosis for endometriosis is an alarming...

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Heavy periods, menstrual cramps, painful sex and abdominal pain simply sound like the regular burdens of being a woman. And for any female at any age, there are two things that happen when you’re struck down with period...

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Periods are not a topic many people often speak about but they can reveal a lot about a your overall health. From the frequency of your periods, to heaviness, colour and other symptoms like pain and PMS, tracking your...

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Visiting the bathroom is part of the daily human experience. But occasionally, constipation, a condition that causes a backup in your digestive system, strikes. In some especially uncomfortable cases, the food you eat can take

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The average woman will have almost 450 periods in her lifetime. And while that figure is enough to scare anyone it pays to know whether having an irregular, painful or PMS-ridden period is telling you something more..

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Many women suffer pain during intercourse, which can make sex unenjoyable. It's often a complicated and difficult topic for couples to discuss and address because there are many reasons that could be causing the issue...

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Between what the doctor tells you, the label says, and your friend reckons, all the ‘rules’ about taking the pill can get very confusing. Thankfully, Heba’s been working closely with Fitbit to help launch new female health....

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New motherhood comes with its share of ups and downs. Changes down there can come as a real shock to new and first-time mums. Research shows that one in three women who have ever had a baby will wet themselves, and..

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Your menstrual cycle can reveal a lot about you and holds the key to your health and wellness. The hormones in your cycle affect more than just period—they affect your mood, your energy levels, the way you exercise, what you eat, your..

Polycystic ovarian syndrome affects up to 20 per cent of women of reproductive age, and it is the leading cause of infertility in women. PCOS is a syndrome that involves a group of symptoms that affect the ovaries and ovulation, including...

Podcasts

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Most adult women know what a urinary tract infection (UTI) is, but did you know it’s common for young boys and girls to get them too? What is a UTI and how do kids get them? What are the symptoms? Are UTIs preventable?

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It can be confronting when your child wets the bed as they get older. But apparently it's more common than we think.

 

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Heba has endometriosis and has a baby, so she's well placed to talk about starting a family when you have this disease. She opens up about her own experience, the rocky road to diagnosis, and what women can do if they recieve a diagnosis..

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Donnaica will be recalling some of the most unique and poignant conversations she's had with women. These experiences have influenced the way I think about so many things as a doctor, as a woman, and as a mom.

Interviews

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Mindfood:
Endometriosis: Why The Conversation Needs To Change

Physiotherapist and Women's Health Coach, Heba Shaheed, talks about the importance of advocating and raising our voice, and how her own experience with Endometriosis has shaped

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Women's Agenda::
Meet the woman making pelvic health the common conversation it should be

Heba Shaheed gave birth to her first child on International Women’s Day, just two weeks ago. But having the newborn at home has only heightened her determination to build her

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#SheHacks:
Heba Shaheed: The Pelvic Expert

Starting a business during pregnancy and rushing off to hospital to give birth when she was in the middle of a 12 week startup accelerator is just part of life for Heba Shaheed – the founder

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Endometriosis New Zealand:
About Heba Shaheed

Heba Shaheed is a women's health coach and physiotherapist, with a special interest in endometriosis. She is a firm believer in an integrative and multidisciplinary approach to the

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MutuSystem:
What the Experts say

Founder and CEO of The Pelvic Expert, Physiotherapist, Women’s Heath Coach, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Integrative Yoga Therapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor, Australia & Online

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Pelvic Floor Exercise:
Get to Know Your Women's Health Physio ....HEBA SHAHEED

What is your current position? Physiotherapist (Musculoskeletal & Women’s Health) , Women’s Health Coach (Nutrition, NLP) , Pilates Instructor and founder of The Pelvic Expert

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Femail.com.au:
Pelvic Floor Issues

Heba Shaheed is the co-founder of The Pelvic Expert, where she provides online exercise, nutrition and pelvic floor physiotherapy programs for mothers, pregnant women, and

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StartUp Daily.:
Meet Recent Alumni from the HCF Catalyst Program

Heba Shaheed is the founder of The Pelvic Expert, an online platform providing education and solutions for women with pelvic health issues, including nutrition, exercise, and self-care

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Breaking Women’s Health Taboos With Digital Disruption

“Why didn’t anyone tell me this thing could happen?”

“I thought period pain was normal.”

“I never knew women’s health physios existed!”

These are the 3 most common phrases I’ve heard over the last 8 years working in women’s health and pelvic floor physiotherapy.

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Babyology:
New mums shouldn’t have to ask: “Why didn’t anyone tell me this could happen?”

Childbirth gives you the greatest gift imaginable but it also leaves around 37 percent of mums with a few gifts they’d prefer to return; and if you’re afraid to sneeze and jump in public, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

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Tips for Women Suffering from Endometriosis

Why do some women experience painful sex?
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Fitbit has announced a new female-health tracking feature, to help women track their menstrual cycle, view their estimated fertility window, and better understand their overall health. To gain insight into female-health tracking and its implications, we talk to Heba Shaheed, CEO of The Pelvic Expert, which offers online programs for pregnancy, motherhood, pelvic pain and period problems. Heba’s solutions combine hormone nutrition, pelvic floor fitness, and self-care.

Webinars | Videos | Appearances

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2015 Women's Health & Fitness Summit:
Heba Shaheed and her presentation on Pelvic pain and hypertonic pelvic floor

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The womens health & fitness summit 2015 presents the platform: heba shaheed Pelvic pain and hypertonic pelvic floor

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