The Pelvis and Women's Health

In this workshop we will explore pelvic dynamics in relationship to common female problems such as dysmenorrhoea, pelvic organ prolapse, pubic symphysis dysfunction and the many complications arising from difficult labour. In the field of Craniosacral Biodynamics the formative experience of birth and the journey through the birth canal is often viewed from the baby’s point of view. This is crucial to the understanding of developmental trauma, but this emphasis overlooks the dramatic impact of birth on the mother’s pelvis and the concomitant physical, emotional and psychological price that many women pay. There is a whole history of underfunded investigation of problems that primarily impact women, and research into the female pelvic floor has been hindered by a sense of embarrassment and propriety. The pelvis also often holds very charged history related to fertility, procreation, sexuality and violation. In this seminar we will look at specific ways of meeting this history with the aim of restoring health, confidence and promoting self-worth.

According to Emily Lukacz, a uro-gynaecologist specialising in female pelvic floor disorders at University of California, the pelvic floor is a highly integrated structure requiring organs, muscles and nerves to work together. “There are a lot of other complex systems, like the heart and the gut, but those aren’t voluntarily controlled,” says Lukacz, “That’s what makes it unique.”  Pelvic floor disorders affect nearly a quarter of women in the US, and 42% of women surveyed in the UK had urinary incontinence. Furthermore, pregnancy and birth experiences top the list of causes for pelvic organ prolapse.

© Katherine Ukleja 2014