Call for Participants: Ultrasound Study of Women’s Pelvic Floors

A few months ago, I wrote about some new research showing ultrasound images of the legs of the clitoris and other internal sexual anatomy. This kind of work is incredibly important in shaping our understanding of sexual anatomy, physiology, function and pleasure. As our technological capabilities grow, our ability to develop more accurate models of sexual health expand and we can offer better information about how sex and pleasure work.

Stephanie Prendergast of the Pelvic Pain Rehabilitation Center is taking it to the next level by taking ultrasound images of cisgender women’s pelvic floors and abdominal muscles in order to learn more about how all of these parts fit together. The pelvis and abdomen are incredibly complex, with many different muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments, any of which can experience injury, damage, or strain. And that can easily led to sexual difficulties, as well as pain, discomfort, and dysfunction. The folks at the Pelvic Pain Rehabilitation Center are experts at helping people of any gender recover, and this research will help them do that even better.

If you’d like to participate in San Francisco on January 15 and 22 or at Stanford in Palo Alto on January 13 and 20, email Stephanie. She’ll take ultrasound images during coughing, kegel exercises and the valsalva maneuver. Participants will receive $100.00 and the process takes 15 minutes. And feel free to pass this along to anyone who might want to help out!

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