Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kegels and Cocktails: Shinging a Light on Women's Pelvic Health

Leaking when you laugh is not normal even though most women think it is. If you have had kids, if you exercise intensively, if you sit a lot, or if you are a woman in your thirties or older, you may be a little when you laugh, sneeze, cough, run, jump or in general. While it is common, it is not normal and there is help!

Statistics tell us that 1 in 5 women live with incontinence but that number is actually much higher as these stats are reported cases. Many women suffer in silence and do not report their problem. If they seek help from a doctor, the most common recommendation to treat incontinence is to use pads, an expensive solution that only masks the problem, or surgery.

Pelvic floor experts Kim Vopni and Janet Kimmel are on a mission to change all that with the annual Kegels and Cocktails event designed to empower and educate women about the rarely discussed topic of pelvic health.

Kegels and Cocktails will provide women with the knowledge that will help them gain control of their pelvic health and give them options and introductions to the community of professionals in the Vancouver area who can help.

Kegels & Cocktails Event Details
Date: June 23, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Waterfall Building, 1540 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Description: Join us for the ultimate girl's night out in honour of World Continence Week! Join hosts Kim Vopni and Janet Kimmel for a cocktail and a Kegel while learning all about pelvic health for women!
Guest speakers include Dr. Jennie Mickelson (Urologist), Dr. Carley Akehurst (Naturopathic Doctor) and Anniken Chadwick (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist). A portion of the proceeds will support The Canadian Continence Foundation.
Tickets: $42 early bird by June 8; $52 after June 8;
For more info and tickets visit kegelsandcocktails.com/vancouver

Kim Vopni – The Fitness Doula – is the owner of Pelvienne Wellness Inc and co-founder of Bellies Inc offering innovative care and health products and services to pregnant women and new moms. Kim is a mom of 2 boys and a Certified Pre/Post Natal Fitness Consultant who also trained as a doula. Kim combines the support aspect of a doula with specific fitness principles to help women prepare for and recover from pregnancy and birth. She has completed training in the Hypopressive Method, and Pfilates (Pelvic Floor Pilates) which provide her with a very unique background that allows her to deliver truly specialized services to women that help prevent and recover from pelvic floor challenges such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Kim is a contributing writer for the Globe and Mail’s online Health Advisor section and author of the book Prepare to Push.

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