6 Reasons to See a Pelvic Floor PT

It isn't always easy to know when to seek help or what type of specialist to see. Our favorite Pelvic Floor PT Gopi Pillai shares 6 reasons you should see a pelvic floor PT.

  1. You are experiencing any bladder or bowel dysfunction. This could urinary, fecal or gas leakage or frequency, having the feeling of urinary or bowel urgency, incomplete emptying, constipation, or anything else that doesn't feel good.
  2. You are experiencing pain anywhere in your pelvis, pubic area, vagina, vulva, hips, low back, buttocks, sciatic or sacral areas, abdomen or ribs. In fact, pelvic health PTs are just PTs, so see a PT for any musculoskeletal pain.

  3. You are experiencing any pressure. This could be a "falling out" sensation anywhere in your pelvic floor, or even the feeling of a tampon half in/half out of your vagina or rectum
  4. You are experiencing sexual dysfunction including pain with intercourse or any penetration, pain with arousal or orgasm or decreased orgasm with yourself or a partner.
  5. You are experiencing core weakness which could include symptoms like abdominal separation or bulging, or may just be a general feeling of disconnectedness from your core and are just not sure what to do next.
  6. You have no idea what or where your pelvic floor is. Even if you're feeling great, but want to learn more about your body to optimize your health.

You can consult a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist whether you've had a baby or not; and before and/or after the baby arrives. It's never "too late"! Tell your moms, friends, nieces and anyone with a pelvis! No one needs to suffer when there is help!


Gopi graduated from Stony Brook University in 2003 with her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at which time she started specializing in Women’s Health. She worked on Long Island, NY and eventually moved to NYC where she started the first Women’s Health Physical Therapy services at NY Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. She went on to open and run a private practice in South Slope Brooklyn specializing in male and female Pelvic Health for 8 wonderful years until her family life brought her to Northern Virginia. Gopi recently earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Gopi started Blueprint Physical Therapy in January of 2019 and has loved getting to know her surroundings while providing home visits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. She is dedicated to continuing education and is a teacher, teaching assistant and lecturer for providers of many healthcare and selfcare disciplines and for the community.