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PCOS Pain: Understanding Your Symptoms & Treatment Options
a hand holding a passionfruit to represent vaginoplasty for transgender women
An Expert Guide to Vaginoplasty for Transgender Women
A brightly colored illustration of the pelvic bones and pelvic floor
Pelvic Floor Anatomy 101
A flower to represent the pelvic floor
Is Your Pelvic Floor Too Tight, Too Weak, or Both?
a woman's hand resting on her inner thigh for a story about pudendal neuralgia
5 Things to Know About Pudendal Neuralgia
a woman holding a mirror that she's about to use to get a closer look at her clitoris
Discover the Hidden Parts of Your Clitoris
a dried, pressed flower to symbolize vaginal collapse
What Is Vaginal Collapse — and Do You Need to Worry About It?
A woman with pelvic organ prolapse getting ready to exercise
8 Tips & Exercises for Healing Pelvic Organ Prolapse
A woman crouching in response to endometriosis pain
An Updated Guide to Endometriosis Pain & How to Treat It
A woman in her second trimester of pregnancy sitting on an exercise ball to relieve her back pain.
Second Trimester Back Pain Explained
a display box showing vaginal dilators in different colors and sizes
The Best Vaginal Dilators According to an Expert Pelvic Floor PT
a black pregnant woman relaxing with her hands on her belly
Birth Prep: 10 Items to Add to Your Hospital Bag from Pelvic Floor PTs
A woman holding a large stone behind her body for as story on what pelvic organ prolapse feels like
What Does Pelvic Organ Prolapse Really Feel Like?
Actress, comedian, writer, producer, and Origin Advisor Ilana Glazer on set with Origin physical therapy
Ilana Glazer Talks Painful Sex & Shame as a Barrier to Healing
a woman tying a knot in a multi-colored rope that's part of her bikini bottom
25+ Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (from Itchy Vulva & Weak Orgasm to Low Back Pain)
a woman's low back in the first trimester of pregnancy
First Trimester Back Pain Explained
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Origin is Now Available Nationwide
a postpartum person holding their baby for a story about c-section scar healing stages
The Ultimate Guide to C-Section Scar Healing Stages
a close up of thorns on a cactus for a story on trigger pelvic floor points.
How to Treat Painful Trigger Points in Your Pelvic Floor
a woman holding a book between her legs to symbolize her vulva and sexuality
5 Books on Our Nightstand Now
An image of a hand stretching nylon to symbolize the anatomy of fascia
An Expert Guide to Your Fascia (Plus Tips on How to Stretch It)
a new mom doing virtual physical therapy at home with her baby
Is Virtual Care at Origin Right for You?
a woman sitting on the floor in butterfly position, relaxing her pelvic floor
5 Exercises that Help Relax Your Pelvic Floor
a woman holding up a menstrual cup in one hand and a tampon in the other
The Best Tampons & Menstrual Cups for Vaginismus
a new mother holding her newborn baby for a story on episiotomy and perineal tear recovery
Birth Recovery: Healing from a Perineal Tear or Episiotomy
a woman doing exercises to heal diastasis recti
Why the Best Exercises for Diastasis Recti are Different for Everyone
A close-up image of a Georgia O'Keefe flower painting that looks like the vulva for a story on vulva anatomy
Vulva Anatomy: Do You Know Where Your Urethra Is? Are You Sure?
a pink cocktail in crystal stemware with a blood orange garnish and salt rim for a story about bladder irritants
Bladder Irritants: What They Are & When to Avoid Them
A vintage photo of movement icon and kegel inventor Margaret Morris from one her dance peformances
Meet Margaret Morris: Movement Icon & Actual Inventor of the Kegel
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GYN Pelvic Exams are Dreaded by Up to 80% of Women — Here's How Pelvic Floor PTs Can Help
a person sitting down on the ground outside holding a flower in their hands over their bladder
The Most Effective Treatment for Bladder Pain (Interstitial Cystitis)
a pregnant person stretches in their living room to help prevent pregnancy pain in their hips, back, and pelvis
Pregnancy Pain: Why Your Entire Body Aches & How to Feel Better
A close-up photo of a pregnant woman lying in bed
5 Feel-Good Sex Positions for Pregnancy
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Do "Orgasm Enhancing" Creams and Lubes Really Work?
a woman dressed in soft, cream colored clothing, holding her pregnant belly
Origin Partners with GWHI to Improve BIPOC Maternal Health Outcomes
A close-up photo of a peeled, halved blood orange on a mustard yellow background to symbolize high genital esteem and big vulva energy.
Get Big Vulva Energy: How to Boost Your Genital Self-Esteem
A woman exercising in a city park to help relieve her postpartum low back pain.
6 Exercises That Help Relieve Postpartum Back Pain
pottery that has been repaired in the Japanese Kintsugi style to represent an episiotomy scar
Why Does My Episiotomy Scar Hurt Years Later?
Origin CEO, Co-founder, and writer Carine Carmy confidently holds her newborn baby to her chest
"I Was Terrified of Childbirth Pain — Until My Contractions Started"
a woman in gray leggings and a pink sports bra having a coregasm while using an ab exercise machine at the gym
Coregasm Explained: What Causes an Exercise-Induced Orgasm?
A woman at a sunlit desk is eating coffee and reading Origin's State of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy report
Our 'State of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy' Report is Hot Off the Press!
A pregnant individual in sunglasses and a black top looking down at her pregnant belly because she's worried about diastasis rectis abdominis
Expert Tips for Preventing Postpartum Diastasis Recti
a photo of a woman in plank position, shot from behind to highlight her tight or hypertonic pelvic floor
10 Signs You Have a Tight Pelvic Floor
a close-up photograph of the pistons of an orange flower to symbolize fertility and mindset
Believe You Can Conceive: The Science-Backed Power of Mindset to Support Fertility
An illustrated photo of Origin Sarah Oreck, MD, MS, surrounded by cheerful, colored bands in coral, pink, and mustard yellow
Expert Q&A: Can Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Help Prevent Postpartum Depression?
A woman lying on the ground with her legs resting on the wall and her arms spread out to the sides, de
Do Your Rest: 5 Grounding Techniques to Try Now
a postpartum individual holding up her t-shirt to reveal her belly with stretch marks and a c-section scar that itches and hurts years after childbirth
Is It Normal for My C-section Scar to Hurt or Itch Years Later?
a close-up of an embarrassed woman holding her hand up to partly block her face
Could you Draw Your Pelvic Floor? These Women Tried...
A portrait of Sabia Wade, aka The Black Doula, Origin Advisor and author of a new book on Reproductive Justice
Expert Q&A: Sabia Wade on Reproductive Justice & Birthing Her First Book
a photo of a white toilet that's been turned into a planter, with beautiful green catcus plants growing out onto the wall for a story on irritable bowel syndrome
The Top Treatments to Try for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
A photograph of sand dunes under a red sky to represent a dry vulva an vagina for a story on vaginal dryness before menopause
"Why Is My Vulva & Vagina Always Dry?" Get Expert Answers & Product Recs
A photo of Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, author of Menopause Bootcamp, surrounded by bright colors
Expert Q&A: What You Need to Know About Menopause Now
A close-up photo of a woman's hand and wrist holding up her toddler for a story on carpal tunnel syndrome and dequervain's tenosynovitis
Hand & Wrist Pain: Is It Carpal Tunnel or De Quervain's?
a close-up image of two people lying side by side in bed for a story on the best vibrators for vaginismus
The Best Clitoral Vibrators for Vaginismus
a small, beautifully wrapped gift on a fluffy white duvet cover
The 2022 Origin Gift Guide
a close up of the delicate inner folds of a mushroom to symbolize symphysis pubis dysfunction
10 Ways to Relieve the Pain of Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
A pregnant woman in black leggings and a brown sports bra leans back into a stretch for a story on safe exercise during pregnancy
How to Exercise Safely When Pregnant: Guidelines, Tips, Precautions & More
a woman wearing a rust colored t-shirt knotted at the waist, holding a pink exercise ball above her head to strengthen her deep core with exercise
7 Exercises That Strengthen Your Deep Core & Pelvic Floor
a close up photo of dandelion seeds and stems on a background of yellow, sunny sky
Pelvic Floor Healing After Miscarriage & Early Pregnancy Loss
a postpartum woman running at sunset
Postpartum Exercise: Read This Before You Start Running (or Any Kind of Workout)
Emptying your bladder
Feel Like You Can't Get All The Pee Out? These 4 Tricks May Help
a couple sitting on a bed, holding hands
The Best Sex Positions to Avoid Pain with Insertion
An image of Origin PT Dr. Beverly Miras with bold bands of color in the background
My Endometriosis Struggle Lasted 15 Yrs — Here's How I Finally Took Control
a close up photo of a fig to represent the female reproductive system in menopause
We Could All Use a Refreshingly Positive Guide to Menopause
a postpartum woman gently massaging her breast to clear a clogged milk duct
How to Clear a Clogged Duct with Gentle Breast Massage
A black and white image of a woman holding one hand on her neck and one hand on her forehead
To Prevent "Tech Neck," Change the Way You Hold Your Phone
a close up photo of a woman's collarbone showing the texture of her skin
(Re)Discover Pleasurable Touch with Sensate Focus
a woman at the beach, using her hands to shape a vulva out of sand to represent vulvodynia
All About Vulvar Pain (Vulvodynia) & How to Get Relief
a skein of yarn shown close-up from the side — the whole in the center of the yarn is a metaphor for an anus with rectal prolapse
Your Complete Guide to Rectal Prolapse
a serene woman floating in the air over the sea in a flowing dress to evoke the subconscious, freedom of feeling, and a mind-body connection
Our Bodies Hold the Key to Mental Health
A sliced grapefruit that looks like a vulva on a summer table bathed in dappled sunlight
Posture Check: Why You Need to Stop Sitting on Your Vulva
a smiling, cool-looking young woman in a mustard colored hat contemplating kegels as she sits outside on some moss-covered concrete stairs
All Your Kegel Questions Answered by a Pelvic Floor PT
a woman doing her Origin physical therapy exercises in a park in Austin
Our Doors are Open in Austin, TX!
in a sunny room, a woman in black leggings does a kegel in squat position for better bladder control and sexual benefits
5 Ways to Seriously Level Up Your Kegels
Julie Sawaya Co-founder of Needed & Origin Patient
Needed Co-Founder Julie Sawaya on Supporting Your Birthing Body
A young woman looking up with her hand on her chin, showing curiosity about her pelvic floor exam.
Wondering What a Pelvic Floor Exam is Like? Let Us Explain.
a photograph of striated red rock to represent the abdominal muscles
Deep Core Anatomy: How Your Abdominals Work with Your Pelvic Floor
a woman lifting her tank to reveal her swim suit bottoms to represent pelvic pain and pain with sex
Physical Therapy for Painful Sex: Here's What to Expect
A middle-aged body in a relaxed, natural position, to represent confidence while going through menopause
Caring for Your Whole Self in Menopause
A vagina shaped shell on a beach to represent the pelvic floor during menopause
Is Low Estrogen Causing Your Pelvic Floor Symptoms?
a concerned looking young Black woman
Access to Women's Healthcare is More Limited Than Most People Think
A woman's legs stretched out in bed with soft light coming from a nearby window
What is the best lubricant for women's sexual pleasure and pain management?
A photo of author and pregnancy and postpartum exercise specialist Nora Pearlman
What to Look for in a Pregnancy & Postpartum Personal Trainer
a triangular rock that looks a little like a coccyx
Pain in the Butt? 10 Ways to Relieve Postpartum Tailbone Pain
a person pumping while her baby sleeps nearby
7 Ways to Prevent Pain & Strain While You Pump
a belly with stretch marks and a cesarean scar massage
A Step-by-Step Guide to Cesarean Scar Massage
a woman on a yoga mat leaning over to say hi to her baby in a car seat. a laptop is open for her virtual postpartum physical therapy visit.
Why All Birthing People Need Postpartum Physical Therapy
a postpartum individual breastfeeding / chestfeeding their newborn
4 Breast/Chestfeeding Positions Recommended by Physical Therapists
a close up shot of the U.S. Capitol building
How to Support the 'Optimizing Postpartum Outcomes Act' in One Minute or Less
a woman sensually holding a feather up to face
Origin + Maude: A Feel-Good Guide to Outercourse
A happy but physically uncomfortable looking nursing mother who is trying to support her neck with her hand as she feeds her baby.
9 Moves for Instant Relief of Postpartum Neck Pain
two people in bed with their legs crossed
Expert Q&A: Do Orgasms Strengthen My Pelvic Floor?
Origin advisor Ilana Glazer taking a selfie as she rubs her postpartum belly
Ilana Glazer Joins Origin as an Advisor
a woman's hand on a blanket with a large, puffy weave
Can't Poop? Bloated? Try This Expert-Approved Bowel Massage
large blue and red water balloons hanging from a line
Bladder Up: The Ultimate Guide to Urinary Incontinence
a content mother hugging her sweet, sleeping baby close to her chest
How I'm Overcoming Postpartum Fear & Anxiety — and Trusting That My Baby is Safe
a Black & White photo of a woman's pelvic area underwater
The Complicated Truth About Chronic Pelvic Pain
a close up photo of garlic, one of the foods that can make bowel incontinence worse
10 Foods That Could Be Making Your Bowel Incontinence Worse
a woman wearing sunglasses
Why Saying 'Yes' to Student PTs Ensures a Bright Future for Pelvic Health
a photo of a woman's hand that looks like its vibrating as it touches a flower
Origin + Maude: How to Get More Pleasure from Your Pelvic Floor
a woman sitting on the toilet holding a roll of toilet paper
I Didn't Want a Toilet Stool. Now I Hate to Poop Without One.
a postpartum mom exercising her pelvic floor in bridge position with her baby on her lap
Introducing Our New Postpartum Recovery Program
a woman doing pelvic floor exercises postpartum
The 10 Best Pelvic Floor Exercises to Do Postpartum
a woman wearing a pair of coral colored absorbant underwear
The Best Incontinence Products According to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists
a woman in a white shirt holding an earthenware pitcher in front of her body
How to Self-Check for Pelvic Organ Prolapse — and What to Do Next
a red rock cavern that looks like a vaginal opening
Vaginismus Explained: The Incredibly Common Condition No One Talks About
A close up of Sabia Wade, aka the Black Doula
"The 5 Craziest Things I've Heard Birthing Partners Say" by Our Favorite Doula
three women with their arms around each other for support
I Might Have Endometriosis. Here’s Why I’m Not Scared.
a woman standing behind a large plant so that only her bright blue eye is visble
“4 Eye-Opening Lessons I Learned From Having a Baby” by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
A mother lying face to face with her adorable baby in bed.
Night Sweats? Bleeding? 6 Postpartum Symptoms that May Surprise You
a woman lying next to a huge gap in a rock face
Why You Should Care About the Health Research Gender Gap
an Islamic woman meditating on a yoga mat
Proprioception & Your Pelvic Floor
moms sitting close to each other with babies on their laps
Mom-to-Mom Advice for the First 3 Months (We'll Keep This Short)
A close-up of a woman's head from the back, she's lying on her side and her hair is pulled back to reveal her ear and neck.
Postpartum Depression: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me
A woman sitting on the beach with a soft relaxed belly
Free The Belly! 4 Reasons to Stop Sucking In Your Stomach
The original Origin team
It's Our Birthday!
a woman holding a prickly-leaved pineapple in front of her body to symbolize dyspareunia
What No One Tells You About Painful Sex (Dyspareunia)
a flamingo's neck that curves like a pelvic wand
The Best Pelvic Wands According to a Pelvic Floor PT
A young woman laughing about having to potty train in her twenties
I'm Potty Training in My Twenties & It's Life-Changing
A black pregnant woman holding a small yellow flower in front of her belly
All About the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act
a mom and newborn baby after a c-section delivery
10 Dos & Don'ts for a Safer Cesarean Birth Recovery
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7 Tips for Healthy Poops from a Pelvic Floor PT
a woman wringing water out of a pink cloth
Your UTI Symptoms Could Be Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in Disguise
A woman shown from behind wearing white underwear, for a story on anal kegels and the pelvic floor
Expert Q&A: All About Anal Kegels
round, red cactus flowers growing on a large cactus leaf to symbolize endometriosis
Endometriosis Treatment: The Options Are About to Get Better
 woman drinking water in a restaurant
Is Your Bladder Normal? Here's How to Tell
A woman holding her postpartum breasts
7 Self-Care Tips that Make Breastfeeding So Much Easier
Women putting their hands together for amazing researchers in women's health
Women's Health Researchers Making Herstory
A woman with a newborn baby
3 Labor & Delivery Positions that Can Speed Things Up
a stack of round shells to represent constipation
Splinting: The Constipation Hack You Didn't Know Existed
A woman sitting on the beach crosslegged, with her hands held over her abdomen in the shape of a heart for a story on pelvic self-exam.
Grab a Mirror, Friends. It's Time for a Pelvic Self-Check
A mom leaning over a bathtub to bathe her baby for a story on physical therapy and proper childcare body mechanics.
33 Ways to Save Your Back When Taking Care of Baby
A body positive image of an individual with vaginal anatomy for an article on pelvic care and pelvic floor physical therapy
Pelvic Floor Curious? Here's the Intro You're Looking For
A woman holding up her hand surrounded by light to symbolize the pleasure of pelvic floorgasm
How to Turn Your Orgasm into a Pelvic Floorgasm
An Origin patient checking out their new pelvic floor physical therapy dashboard
Introducing Your New Origin Dashboard
An image of a woman covering her eyes for an Informative Story On HPV And Cervical Cancer
Should You Worry About HPV if You’re Over 25?
A Woman Reaching For Her Vibrator In Bed In Hopes Of Giving Herself An Orgasm
5 Orgasm Myths, Busted by a Sex-Positive Pelvic Floor PT
A Vintage Image Of 3 Women Exercising Together
Q&A: ‘Let’s Get Physical’ Author Danielle Friedman Talks Sex, Sweat & Objectification
A pregnant woman preparing to give herself a perineal massage
Why Perineal Massage is 100% Worth Doing
A woman sitting on the toilet, frustrated about her overactive bladder
Have to Pee AGAIN? How to Calm an Overactive Bladder
A photo of a woman wearing a red hat in front of a big triangle to symbolize vaginal pain
Vaginismus, Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia… What’s the Difference?
A woman with stress urinary incontinence laughing after getting off of a trampoline
Peeing When You Laugh is 1 of 3 Types of Urinary Incontinence
The midsection of a female body painted in beautiful colors to represent the sacral chakra and pelvic floor
Pelvic Health & Your Sacral Chakra with Melanie Santos
A woman holding a lovingly wrapped gift in her arms
Holiday Gift Guide: Lube, Vibrators, Nipple Cream & More!
A woman holding up a cookie shaped like a poop emoji to symbolize fecal incontinence
Fecal Incontinence: Your Holiday Survival Guide
Women talking about their pelvic floors at a holiday gathering.
It’s Time We Talked Pelvic Health at the Holiday Table
2021 is Nearly Done — Here's What We're Grateful For
A postpartum woman feeling sensual thanks to the advice of a pelvic floor physical therapist and a sex educator.
Postpartum Sex Advice from Experts We Trust
a pregnant woman looking at an ultrasound image and worrying about gestational diabetes
Worried About Gestational Diabetes? We've Got You.
Woman sits in yogi squat position outdoors, making mudras with her fingers while practicing a pelvic floor breathing exercise.
The 1 Pelvic Floor Exercise Everyone Should Do (It's Not a Kegel)
A woman about to do yoga to ease menstrual pain.
3 Yoga Poses That Help with Period Pain
A woman's midsection with a flower to symbolize the impact of perimenopause on the pelvic floor
Perimenopause & Your Pelvic Floor: Time for TLC
A pregnant woman having a virtual visit with a pelvic floor physical therapist
10 Good Reasons to Try Virtual Physical Therapy
A pregnant woman in pain holding her back
9 Ways to Relieve Pregnancy Back Pain
A breast cancer survior sitting confidently astride a motorcycle with a tattoo of birds over her surgery scar
Physical Therapy & Breast Cancer: Reconnecting with Your Body
woman using a massage gun to relieve muscle tension and tightness
In the Market for a Massage Gun? We've Got Pro Tips
Woman in pain holding her lower back
Is Your Hip Pain Sciatica or Something Else?
a woman concerned about diastasis recti holding her hand on her abdominals
Check Yourself for Diastasis Recti
a woman holding her baby close to her postpartum belly above her c-section scar
How to Care for Your C-Section Scar to Prevent Pain & Discomfort
LGBTQ rainbow tunnel
LGBTQ+ Care at Origin
Woman on her phone
Announcing Our New Online Booking Tool
Pregnant woman in compression socks
Swollen Feet During Pregnancy: Why It Happens & What To Do
Birth control
Birth Control for Postpartum & Breastfeeding Moms
Women with a grapefruit
Food To Get You In The Mood: How Nutrition Affects Your Sexual Health
Mother and daughter with computer
Self Care for Work From Home (WFH) Parents
Uncomfortable woman
Stress Urinary Incontinence and Diastasis Recti
Women seated doing yoga
Yoga for Your First Trimester
Woman breastfeeding
4 Ways to Reduce Shoulder, Back, Neck & Wrist Pain While Breastfeeding
Underwear on a clothesline
Pregnant and Itchy Down There? Get Some Relief!
Dr. Jenna Boyce, PT, DPT and her daughters
9 Tips for Preventing and Treating Mastitis & Clogged Milk Ducts
Nursing mom wearing Matek bra
Celebrating Origin Moms with the Ultimate Nursing Sports Bra
Healthy Postpartum Meals
5 Lactation Boosting Nutrition Tips
Black mother with baby
How We're Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week
Origin San Francisco & West Hollywood
Introducing Origin San Francisco & West Hollywood
Mother with baby in baby carrier
How to Choose the Best Baby Carrier or Wrap for Your Body
Why and How to Use a Dilator After a Vaginoplasty Procedure
What is a Pessary and Do I Need One?
Woman cat/cow pose
The Research Behind Hypopressives
Health Fruits and Vegetables
6 Ways to Support Your Endometriosis Through Diet & Lifestyle
How Big Will My Baby Be?
Postpartum belly
Is It Safe for Me to Try Postpartum Abdominal Binding?
A woman's spine
Trauma, Painful Sex & Your Pelvic Floor
Mother's back
The 411 on Epidurals and Perineal Tearing
Woman planking
Are Planks Safe During Pregnancy?
Woman running
Returning to Running After Baby
Mother's pregnant belly
How Pelvic Floor Exercise Improves Pregnancy & Childbirth Outcomes
Pregnant woman sitting and feeling back pain
Back Rib Pain During Pregnancy: When to DIY v. Virtual Physical Therapy
Pregnant woman in white sports bra and grey tights lies on her side, lifts one leg in a stretch to relieve sciatic nerve pain in pregnancy.
17 Stretches for Immediate Sciatica Pain Relief During Pregnancy
A site-specific mural called “Crescere” in Brentwood
Mural Design Q&A With Allison Kunath
Woman lying in bed
Sexual Health and Discomfort
Woman's & man's hands holding a positive pregnancy test
Fertility and Physical Therapy
Pregnant woman doing physical exercises
Pregnancy and Physical Therapy
Woman doing yoga with child
Postpartum Physical Therapy
Mature woman stretching
Menopause and Physical Therapy
Origin's reception in Los Angeles
Introducing our new home for women's health physical therapy in Los Angeles
Brunch food
What Foods Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?
Little Girl Playing
Introducing Helpr childcare in-person and online for Origin clients
A pregnant woman stands in front of a wooden door, wearing a grey dress. She is holding her belly as if to provide pelvic support.
The Best Pregnancy Belly Bands According to an Expert Physical Therapist

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