Michael Fassbender Domestic Violence Allegations From ‘Afraid’ Ex-Girlfriend Resurface!

Care to explain, Michael Fassbender?

On Friday, the actor’s domestic abuse allegations have resurfaced after DailyMail.com published March 2010 Los Angeles court papers where ex-girlfriend Sunawin Andrews sought a protective order against the X-Men star.

According to the documents, the model details two incidents in 2009 where he allegedly got physical.

Related: Michael & Alicia Had Instant “Chemistry” When They First Met

In November 2009, the now-40-year-old allegedly drunkenly dragged Andrews with a car because her ex-boyfriend said hello to them at dinner.

She recalls:

“Michael was driving my car dangerously fast and screaming at me. I begged him to stop the car in fear of an accident or for my children who were home asleep… As we got closer to my house I put my car in stop. Got out walked around the car to pull key from ignition. Michael drove of[f] dragging me along from the car… He stopped after he realized I could not walk and got out of car. He picked me up and put me in car as my friends pulled up behind us. They stayed the night to help calm things.”

The mother says the incident left her with vaginal bleeding, a twisted left ankle, blown out left knee cap, bursted ovarian cyst, and a hospital bill totaling $24K.

In July 2009, Fassbender allegedly threw Andrews “over a chair” after she woke him up. The alleged incident — which she says left her with a broken nose — happened after the thespian received an award, presumably at a film and music festival in Ischia, Italy.

Andrews filed for a protective order against Fassbender on March 12, 2010, asking that he stay at least 100 yards away from her and her family.

She reveals in the petition:

“I am still recovering from my injuries and am afraid for my safety.”

Although the court granted Andrews a temporary protective order, she ultimately withdrew her request on April 6, 2010, one day before a scheduled hearing.

She currently lives in Los Angeles and works with an animal protection organization.

As we reported, Fassbender married actress Alicia Vikander in October 2017.

[Image via Sean Thorton/WENN.]

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The Shocking Abuse Allegations Against Michael Fassbender

As Hollywoods leading men fall prey to the reckoning over sexual misconduct, certain A-listers have managed to sidestep scrutiny.

But Twitter never forgets.

While the media gushes over Michael Fassbenders secret Ibiza nuptials with Alicia Vikander and their new home in Lisbon, dark #MeToo-style allegations from the actors past have been relegated to social media.

In her MarchVogue cover, Tomb Raider actress Vikander referenced her domestic bliss with Fassbender, telling the magazine, I feel Im more happy and content than Ive ever been.

Yet the newlywed Fassbender was a no-show at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony. While other alleged abusers walked the red carpet in all black, triggering social media backlash over their perceived hypocrisy, Fassbender appears to have simply opted out. Vikander, who was a presenter at the ceremony, arrived, posed for photos, and did E! interviews alone. In keeping with the Times Up initiative, Vikander wore black.

Fassbender may have avoided the Golden Globes and a flurry of think pieces, but allegations of domestic abuse have silently trailed him in recent years.

The domestic abuse allegedly occurred in 2010, just two years before Fassbender made his X-Men debut as Magneto and gave an award-winning performance in the critically acclaimed Shame. A 2012 Hollywood Reporter article, Fassbender on Fire, chronicled the German-Irish actors meteoric rise, noting that, while the projects started pouring in from top-flight directors around 2009, it wasnt until 2011 that Fassbender had his real introduction to fame. The 2012 profile continued, One of the most gifted actors today, the star of Shame, A Dangerous Method and the upcoming Prometheus has the industry in awe.

A 2016 Guardian profile goes one step further, positing that Fassbenders career has been characterized entirely by personal and professional success. Twice nominated for an Oscar, the 39-year-old stars in three new films between now and January alone, one of which he also produced, Fassbenders interviewer raved. And all this with barely a misstep (he opted not even to watch the 2010 flop Jonah Hex), nor gossip column indiscretion. It is about as flawless a movie star career as would be possible to perfect.

He was sleeping in urine. I woke him and he began to be violent and threw me over a chair, breaking my nose.
Sunawin Andrews on Michael Fassbender

In the age of the internet, it seems entirely too bold to publicly declare any human being to be indiscretion-free, let alone Michael Fassbender. It only takes a simple Google search to find the TMZ bulletin that vividly chronicled Fassbenders alleged abuse. While the 2010 report landed right before Fassbenders mainstream success, it came after Inglourious Basterdsand was promptly ignored and seemingly forgotten by journalists, A-list directors, and Hollywood executives alike.

Fassbender has never commented on the accusations from his former girlfriend Sunawin Leasi Andrews, then a 36-year-old aspiring model and actress.

Nearly a decade later, its hard to pinpoint a single way in which these allegations negatively affected Fassbenders career, or even find a single profile of the actor that mentions them. Fassbender, who has wrestled with the misogyny and violence of some of his troubled characters in print, has seemingly never been asked to comment on his own past.

The closest thing to an official comment comes courtesy of Fassbenders parents. His mother, Adele, told the Daily Mail, Anyone who knows Michael at all knows that its a complete fabrication. The actors father, Josef, told The Irish Sun that, I dont know where she is getting this story from, Michael is the most gentle man you could ever meet.

But a petition filed in court by Andrews and obtained by The Daily Beast tells a different story: one where Fassbender, on separate occasions, was alleged to have dragged her alongside a car and broke her nose.

Reached by phone, Andrews declined to comment on the story and referred a Daily Beast reporter to her court filings.

Youve got the paperwork. What more is there to say? she said.

Fassbenders representative did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

According to court filings, Andrews filed for a restraining order against Fassbender in Los Angeles County in March 2010, requesting the actor stay at least 100 yards away from her, and her then-18-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

She also sought attorneys fees, nearly $24,000 to pay her medical bills (allegedly arising from injuries she suffered at Fassbenders hands), and requested Fassbender enroll in a 52-week batterer intervention program.

In her petition, she listed the date of most recent abuse as Nov. 18, 2009. But in her narrative of the encounter, she wrote that she visited a hospital on Nov. 29. (Her medical bills, submitted in the filings, note a Nov. 29 date of service. Its unclear whether Nov. 18 was a clerical error on her part, or if she sought medical attention 11 days later.)

One disturbing episode allegedly occurred when Fassbender, Andrews, and two friends dined at a restaurant. According to Andrews, Fassbender became enraged when one of her ex-boyfriends approached their table to say hello.

Michael was drinking and became angry, Andrews wrote, adding that, when it was time to leave, her worried friends followed them home. Michael was driving my car dangerously fast and screaming at me. I begged him to stop the car in fear of an accident or for my children who were home asleep, Andrews continued. As we got closer to my house I put my car in stop. Got out walked around the car to pull key from ignition. Michael drove of[f] dragging me along from the car.

Andrews claimed that Fassbender stopped after he realized I could not walk and got out of car. He picked me up and put me in car as my friends pulled up behind us. They stayed the night to help calm things. She woke on Nov. 29 in a deep sweat and pain with vaginal bleeding, her petition states. I went to the hospital and had a twisted left ankle, blown out left knee cap and a bursted ovarian cyst, Andrews continued. Lots of internal bleeding.

One former friend at dinner that night, who didnt want to be named and declined comment, said she didnt witness the alleged car-dragging incident.

I was with her that night. I know that they had a fight but I didnt witness anything he did to her, the onetime pal said when reached by phone, adding, When we got to the house, they were not fighting anymore.

Andrews detailed a second alleged incident at a film festival in July 2009. While she doesnt name the event, Andrews was most likely referring to the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest 2009 in Ischia, Italy.

The actress claimed in her petition that Fassbender attacked her after a night of boozing at a festival ceremony, court papers reveal.

Andrews alleged she went to bed but Fassbender continued partying until the wee hours before returning to their hotel. He entered the room with a friend at about 5 a.m. drunk and they tried to get into bed with me, Andrews noted in her petition, adding that she checked into another room, apparently to catch some sleep away from them.

The next morning, Andrews returned to wake Fassbender for a panel. According to the schedule of events for the 2009 festival, Fassbender was slated to appear at a 10 a.m. Movie Educational Seminar on Thursday, July 16the morning after an 11 p.m. Dinner Party with Award Ceremony to follow.

Fassbender was allegedly a mess when Andrews found him.

He was sleeping in urine, she wrote in her court filing. I woke him and he began to be violent and threw me over a chair, breaking my nose.

According to the court record, a judge granted a temporary restraining order that called for Fassbender to move out of the couples Bel Air home, which she said was leased in her name. The court made the ruling based on Andrews claims that Fassbender was currently out of the country and therefore not living there, records show.

Michael is currently shooting films and is to return to the USA in the next weeks, Andrews wrote in the petition. I currently live alone with my two children where this is his only US address. I am still recovering from my injuries and am afraid for my safety. I pay all bills and lived there before him.

Of course, Fassbender isnt the first actor not to be derailed by allegations of domestic abuse. The entertainment industry is riddled with accused and even admitted abusers. Still, perhaps because he was just on the cusp of fame, Fassbenders case made surprisingly few waves. Aside from a short TMZ piece, there was a 2010 article in the Irish Mail on Sunday digging into Fassbenders accuser.

After hailing Fassbenders streak of high-profile roles, the article wasted no time impugning Andrews credibility.

The Irish Mail declared that Fassbenders status as Irelands hottest young star was placed in jeopardy by Andrews string of lurid allegations.

Leasi, a model, claimed that the Killarney man attacked her in a drunken rage after a film festival, breaking her nose and causing her to fear for her two young children, the article stated.

The report went on to attack Andrews, smearing details of her seedy past across the page.

However the Irish Mail on Sunday can reveal that the woman who is threatening the 32-year-old Irishmans reputation and, indeed, his very livelihood, is herself a woman with a troubled and somewhat seedy past. The model has had a string of lovers including an internet porn baron and a married man; she has children by different fathers, her first as an 18-year-old; and her early years were spent posing for erotic lesbian pictures.

The unabashedly victim-shaming article concluded, Nor was it the only instance of domestic violence in Miss Andrewss chequered past. Indeed, much of her history seems to suggest that, either she suffers from a persecution complexor else she genuinely brings out the worst in men.

When contacted again by The Daily Beast, Andrews said the negative reports were inaccurate and that shed been targeted by a smear campaign. She was a swimsuit and lingerie model and film and TV actress, but never did X-rated work, she said.

According to one 2009 report, Andrews and Fassbender met when she visited her ex, producer Lawrence Bender, on the set of Inglourious Basterds in Germany. A 2006 article in the Seattle Weekly offered more details on the past that the Mail on Sunday alluded to.

In 2005, Andrews reportedly obtained a one-year restraining order against her then-boyfriend, Seth Warshavsky, otherwise known as the Bill Gates of porn. Andrews, who was 25 at the time, claimed [Warshavsky] choked her during a limousine ride in Las Vegas last fall and has physically attacked her in front of her 6-year-old child. According to court documents, Andrews accused Warshavsky of stalking her home and threatening to have my babys father killed. While Warshavsky insisted that the civil action was just a frivolous restraining order in an attempt to extort money, and is in the process of being dropped, the order was renewed for another year, according to the Seattle Weekly.

After domestic abuse allegations against Fassbender first broke, the Daily Mail asked, Now, after an Affair with a Former Porn Model and Accusations of Domestic Violence, Has It All Gone Wrong? The paper quoted a senior movie industry figure as saying that, Make no mistake, this has been noted at the highest level.

Nobody knows the full facts of the case but it seems extremely out of character, the source added. Sure, he likes to have a drink now and again, but he is fundamentally a gentle guy. If he has a weakness, it is women.

Fassbenders camp called Andrews restraining order into question because she filed it while the actor was filming in the U.K. When asked to comment on Andrews restraining order, his surprised father responded, Michael has been in England for the last six months. I dont know how anything like that could have happened.

Filming on Jane Eyre took place in the U.K. from March 2010 through May 2010. Andrews filed a request for dismissal on April 5, 2010one day before a scheduled hearing on the matter.

At the time, the New York Daily News cited sources who claimed that, Andrews still wants Fassbender, who has been filming in England, to keep his distance. But she feared her complaint could get the Irish-German star barred from returning to America. One friend told the News, She doesnt want to hurt his career. The insider also claimed Andrews didnt want to damage Inglourious Basterds as an Oscars contender, as the films producer, Lawrence Bender, is the father of one of her children.

Court papers reveal that TMZ had requested a judges permission to livestream the April 6 hearing for Andrews protective order. Whether the court granted the outlets request is unknown.

The temporary restraining order expired when Andrews withdrew her petition the day before the hearing for a permanent protective order, records show. Court papers do not indicate why Andrews canceled her request.

In 2012, Fassbender and Andrews had a brief, well-publicized reunion after the Golden Globes. The former couple was spotted together at The Writers Room in Los Angeles, and Andrews was seen leaving the actors hotel the next day.

It was the last tabloid sighting of the former couple.

The Establishment picked the domestic violence allegations back up in 2016, questioning whether Fassbenders race gave him a free pass.

The author, Becca Rose, noted Andrews 2012 reunion with Fassbender and the withdrawal of the restraining order complicates the story. But she said its the medias job to look deeper into the disturbing allegations.

Andrews never publicly recanted her claims. Meanwhile, Fassbender has catapulted to success without having to answer to the allegations or suffer any significant consequences, The Establishment piece notes.

Leasi Andrews gets a mention on his Wikipedia page, but only as an ex, the article states. To find anything on the abuse allegations, you have to hunt for it. It is, for all intents and purposes, like it never happened.

On Fassbenders current Wikipedia page, the actors personal life begins with a mention of ex Nicole Beharie in 2012, and ends with the actors recent marriage to Alicia Vikander.

Andrews has been completely erased.

Brandy Zadrozny contributed research to this article.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-shocking-abuse-allegations-against-michael-fassbender

Painful Sex Is Often The First Sign Of A Serious Condition For Women. But Most Doctors Dismiss It.

The first time Mary H. realized something was wrong with her body was the first time she had sex. She was 22, living in New Jersey, and with the high school boyfriend she had been dating since she was 16 years old. During their first intercourse, she felt a sharp pain at the entrance of her vagina that was so intense that they didn’t complete the act. She continued to feel the pain during subsequent attempts.

Over the years, she tried to bring up the pain with different health care providers, but was rebuffed. They advised her to drink some wine, relax, and watch movies. One clinic suggested her boyfriend may be coercing her into having rough sex. Another clinician said it could have something to do with her anxiety disorder.

After eight years, the pain was so bad that on the rare occasions that she and her now-husband would have sex, Mary would end up crying in the shower afterward. After every climax, she said that cramping was so intense that it felt as if someone had moved her organs around inside her body.  

“I felt like I was being a bad wife. I felt like I wasn’t a woman,” Mary recalled. “What was I doing wrong?”

For women like Mary who experience chronic, debilitating pain during sex, there can be few places to turn for help. If doctors learn about female sexual symptoms at all during medical school or residency, they are advised to prescribe ways to “relax” patients, like drinking alcohol. But sexual dysfunction symptoms are more common among people with chronic ailments like diabetes, psoriasis, depression or cardiovascular disease, and they can also be one of the first signs that something may be seriously wrong with a woman’s reproductive organs. When a doctor dismisses a woman’s concerns about sexual dysfunction, he or she could miss an opportunity to diagnose diseases where sexual dysfunction may be their first or only symptom.

‘It’s all in your head’

The definition of female sexual dysfunction is slippery because it depends on an individual woman’s own perspective on her symptoms. For instance, female sexual dysfunction is an umbrella term that covers symptoms like pain during sex, low libido, and difficulty with arousal or orgasm. But if a woman experiences these things and is not distressed about them, or if she is satisfied with the quality of her sex life, then she doesn’t have female sexual dysfunction. Women can also experience seasons of female sexual dysfunction that come and go, depending on other factors in her life like postpartum recovery, serious illness or the beginning of menopause.

That may be why it’s so difficult to measure how common female sexual dysfunction is in the U.S. One nationally representative survey from 1999 estimates that 43 percent of American women ages 18 to 59 experience sexual dysfunction, on the basis that they said they had experienced, for a period of several months or more, a lack of interest in sex, inability to have an orgasm, pain during sex, lack of pleasure during sex, anxiety before sex or an inability to self-lubricate in the past 12 months. But this number doesn’t reveal whether any of these symptoms caused women distress, or whether some of these issues could be related to the woman’s sex partner.

Doctors in medical school and residency are typically not trained to approach sexual concerns this way, said Dr. Leah Millheiser, founder of the Female Sexual Medicine program at Stanford Hospital.

“As a resident, I learned that it’s all in a woman’s head,” Millheiser said. “She should go home and drink a glass of wine.”

As a consequence, women like Mary are not treated for serious medical problems, and can go from doctor to doctor feeling dismissed about issues that are having severe effects on their health, self-esteem and relationships.

Dr. Lauren Streicher, founder of the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said that she is often the fourth or fifth doctor a woman has seen for a sexual health symptom. And while the causes of sexual dysfunction can be complex, they can also be symptoms of screenable diseases like thyroid problems, endometriosis or ovarian cancer — all things that can cause lack of libido or pain during sex and shouldn’t require multiple doctors’ visits to find.

Streicher recalled a recent patient, a young woman whose problems were so severe that she hadn’t been able to consummate her new marriage. She’d visited 14 other doctors about the pain she experienced during intercourse and was being pushed toward talk therapy as a solution.

But once Streicher performed a simple physical examination, she discovered an obvious explanation for the woman’s problems: a vaginal septum, a rare condition in which a wall of flesh divides the vagina into two chambers. Every time she had tried to have sex, her partner’s penis was crashing into the septum, causing her intense pain.

Streicher was able to fix the problem with a simple surgery, but said she still referred the patient to talk therapy because the length of time it had taken to get the correct diagnosis had strained her relationship with her husband.

Like Streicher’s patient, some women may have a singular medical cause for their sexual symptoms. However, it’s most likely that a complex mix of factors — both psychological and physical — could be contributing to sexual dysfunction. Additionally, one sexual concern could snowball into several other problems.

That’s why an integrative approach to this issue is so crucial, said Millheiser. It’s her job to “triage” a patient’s symptoms, getting to the root of when the problem started, exploring factors in her life and relationship that may be contributing to the dysfunction, while also doing full physical workups to look for potential medical reasons for sexual symptoms.

“You can’t discount a sexual concern as ‘just psychological,’ because then a woman might become upset or offended,” she said. “She doesn’t want to be told this is all in her head.”

For most women, comprehensive care is out of reach

There are no accredited fellowships that allow doctors to specialize in sexual health for either men or women, but this hasn’t stopped a handful of doctors from crafting their own training programs and opening medical practices in academic centers. Their goal: to take women at their word about sexual symptoms, which sometimes involves approaching problems as potential medical conditions.

After cobbling together their own training on female sexual health, they take a multidisciplinary medical approach to female sexuality instead of simply shunting patients off to talk therapy.

Centers that approach female sexual dysfunction from this perspective are rare, but growing. In addition to Streicher’s program at Northwestern and Millheiser’s at Stanford, academic medical centers at UCLA, UCSF, Indiana University Bloomington, Loyola University in Chicago, the University of Kansas, Boston Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center approach female sexual health in a multidisciplinary way. But Streicher said that most American women don’t have access to this kind of comprehensive treatment for sexual health.

“For the overwhelming majority of women, it’s a very specialized thing,” Streicher said. “It doesn’t exist.” 

Making up for lost time

By 2015, Mary was 29 and living in Maryland with her husband. She had seen three different doctors and even a reiki healer for the pain she experienced during sex. Her menstrual cramps were also getting worse, to the point that she was falling over from the pain or vomiting during her period.

The one day, a friend of hers who was teaching a class on human sexuality came across a small blurb in her textbook on endometriosis, a condition in which the uterine lining that usually grows inside the uterus begins to grow outside the organ, rooting itself onto ovaries, fallopian tubes, the colon, and other surfaces in the pelvic region. Then, during a woman’s menstrual cycle, the lining begins to shed, causing severe cramping and pain.

She passed the blurb on to Mary, who immediately started doing more research on the disease. Armed with a list of endometriosis symptoms she had — including painful intercourse — she went to a new OB/GYN doctor who congratulated Mary on diagnosing herself.

“She said, ‘You should do this for a living, I can’t believe you figured it out,’” Mary recalled.

After the initial clinical diagnosis, Mary went on to have laparoscopic surgery to confirm the presence of endometriosis and to remove the lining from other parts of her body. The surgeon told her he removed endometriosis from 80 percent of her pelvic region, as it was affecting her bladder, appendix, ovaries, pelvic wall and the area near her rectum. The lining had also created an endometrioma, or large cyst, on Mary’s right ovary, pinning it to her pelvic wall.

That wasn’t the end of her story. Because she had been enduring pelvic pain for so long, she had developed vaginismus, an involuntary clamping down of the pelvic floor muscles that made penetration difficult or painful. After the surgery, it took another eight months of pelvic floor therapy to help her ease back into sex with her husband. By then, she was 30 years old.

“It was kind of like losing my virginity all over again, but in a much better way,” she said. “Now I see what all the fuss is about.”

Stories like Mary’s are exactly what Millheiser hopes to avoid with her approach. While she isn’t Mary’s doctor, listening to some of the facts of her case align with other patients she has seen. Millheiser said there’s no doubt that “years and years of painful intercourse” would go on to cause more problems down the road. Specifically, that vaginismus is a very common result of untreated endometriosis.

″Vaginismus is an involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor muscles, often as a result of fear of pain,” Millheiser said. “Her body was protecting her from pain.”

Mary still lives with a small measure of pain — something she describes as “completely tolerable,” and avoids sex on days when she might have to do something else that might cause her pain to spike, like a long car ride that can jostle her body. But she cries thinking about the years of pain that affected her relationship with her husband.  

“Now that I am sexually active, there’s an added layer of guilt, where [I think], ‘Wow, if he rejected me nearly as many times as I did then, I would be crushed,’” she said. 

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Opinion | Nassars Abuses Stigmatize A Legitimate Medical Treatment

The heartbreaking testimonies of Larry Nassar’s victims have gripped the country for the past two weeks. Once a national women’s team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a highly regarded physician at Michigan State University, Nassar is now entering the final days of his sentencing hearing after more than 150 young women ― many of them current or former gymnasts ― accused him of sexual assault and abuse dating as far back as 1997.

Nassar molested his patients by performing internal vaginal and anal “treatments” that he insisted were medically necessary. As a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in women’s and pelvic health and who coached gymnastics for eight years, I find this case particularly disturbing. And I would not be doing my duty to champion women’s health if I did not speak up to set the record straight about pelvic physical therapy.

What Nassar did to these young women is absolutely atrocious and should not be confused with genuine pelvic physical therapy, which, when performed appropriately and correctly by a highly trained specialist, can have a positive impact on a woman’s quality of life, especially regarding maternal and sexual health.

Pelvic physical therapy is used to treat a variety of medical problems, including bowel and bladder leakage and chronic pelvic pain. In my own practice, young women unable to have sexual intercourse for many years due to excruciating pain were completely pain-free after pelvic PT. A young grandmother was finally able to wear white pants while out shopping because pelvic physical therapy fixed her bowel leakage problem. A pregnant mother was finally able to pick up her toddler again without experiencing severe low back pain.  

It is my duty to women like these to ensure Nassar’s abuse does not, in addition to all the other damage it has done, prevent others from getting the care they need. It is critically important for women’s health professionals to ensure the horror of the Nassar case does not feed public fear and misconceptions about pelvic PT or stop women who need health care from walking through our doors.

Women’s health and pelvic health physical therapists who are part of the Section on Women’s Health (a component of the American Physical Therapy Association) undergo ongoing specialized education and training in the treatment of abdominal and pelvic issues. The pelvic health conditions these physical therapists treat include urinary incontinence (any involuntary leakage of urine); urgency or frequency of urination; bowel incontinence (any involuntary leakage of stool or gas); sexual dysfunction and painful vaginal penetration (including the inability to have an orgasm, pain with sexual activities and post-coital pain); abdominal and pelvic pain (including low back pain); pregnancy and postpartum issues; constipation; fibromyalgia; and pediatric pelvic health (bed-wetting, constipation and urinary or bowel incontinence).

Nassar’s victims have described an environment antithetical to standard pelvic physical therapy practices.

In short, there are hundreds of thousands of people, many of them women and girls, whose lives can be immeasurably improved by pelvic physical therapy. It would pile unfairness on top of injustice if the actions of one abusive doctor discouraged others from seeking the treatment they need.

The pelvic floor muscles are a significant area of emphasis in pelvic health physical therapy, and they play an important role in continence control, sexual appreciation, core stability and organ support. Pelvic floor dysfunction, or PFD, is a continually underserved area of the medical field. Research suggests pelvic floor dysfunction affects about 23.7 percent of women in the U.S., and PFDs often coexist with history of trauma and abuse. Furthermore, children who have experienced sexual abuse are at a significantly higher risk for post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse and eating disorders, which can also contribute to ― and magnify ― pelvic floor dysfunction in adulthood. Patients often live with tremendous shame and pain, and do not seek help due to the stigma surrounding pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic PT. As physical therapists, we strive to eliminate these obstacles through education, advocacy and intervention.

Nassar’s victims have described an environment antithetical to standard pelvic physical therapy practices. There was no chaperone, parent or guardian in the room during his “treatments.” He didn’t use gloves, and one athlete said she was under the influence of a sleeping pill during a “treatment” session. In many cases, Nassar performed intra-vaginal “exams” on athletes whose injuries had nothing to do with the victim’s pelvic area.

As the world learns of this man’s appalling actions, it’s important to clarify what one should expect from genuine pelvic physical therapy treatment.

A pelvic PT exam is not the kind of exam performed in a gynecologist’s office. There are no stirrups or speculum. The setting is much more comfortable and the exam much less invasive. A pelvic physical therapist will often use internal vaginal and rectal examination and treatment techniques ― all of which are evidence-based ― to help assess and correct a woman’s pelvic dysfunction. Clinics emphasize comfort and privacy, and we spend significant time getting to know our patients and their medical history.

Most importantly, any pelvic examination and treatment is performed only after thorough patient education, and only with the complete understanding and full consent of that patient. Therapists use gloves and other universal precautions during all exam and treatment procedures. The patient is always in control during pelvic physical therapy and can end the session at any time if they become uncomfortable. Internal exams are almost never performed on a minor, except in rare instances where the patient is older, sexually active or previously had internal examination from another medical practitioner. In these cases, a parent or guardian is always present to give additional consent for treatment.

For women with pelvic floor disorders, it is difficult enough to battle the stigma, shame and guilt often associated with these conditions. The Nassar case risks making it less likely that women who need pelvic physical therapy will seek it out. Those of us who care for and care about the health of women and girls must not allow predators like Nassar to further victimize women by making them fear the very interventions that can improve and enrich their lives.

Lora “Lori” Mize is a board-certified women’s health physical therapist specializing in abdominal and pelvic health. She is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Lynchburg College in Virginia and incoming vice president of the Section on Women’s Health.

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Dont listen to Gwyneth Paltrow: keep your coffee well away from your rectum | Jen Gunter

The colonic irrigation and coffee enemas promoted on Paltrows website Goop are not merely unnecessary, they are potentially dangerous, writes obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter

It seems January is Gwyneth Paltrows go-to month for promoting potentially dangerous things that should not go in or near an orifice. January 2015 brought us vagina steaming, January 2017 was jade eggs, and here we are in the early days of January 2018 and Goop.com is hawking coffee enemas and promoting colonic irrigation.

I suspect that GP and her pals at Goop.com believe people are especially vulnerable to buying quasi-medical items in the New Year as they have just released their latest detox and wellness guide complete with a multitude of products to help get you nowhere.

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Ha ha, go deep. Nice play on words for a dangerous yet ineffective therapy. An advertisement on Goop.com.

One offers to help if youre looking to go deep on many levels. Ha ha, go deep. Nice play on words for a dangerous yet ineffective therapy. Goop.com is not selling a coffee machine, it is selling a coffee enema-making machine. That, my friends, is a messed-up way to make money. I know the people at Goop will either ignore the inquiries from reporters or release a statement saying the article is a conversation not a promotion and that they included the advice of a board-certified doctor, Dr Alejandro Junger, but any time you lend someone else your platform their ideas are now your ideas. That is why I never let anyone write guest posts for my blog. And lets be real, if you are selling the hardware to shoot coffee up your ass then you are promoting it as a therapy especially as Goop actually called the $135 coffee enema-making machine Dr Jungers pick. I mean come on.

The interview with Junger is filled with information that is unsupported both by the medical literature and by human anatomy and physiology. There is no data to suggest that a colonic helps with the elimination of the waste that is transiting the colon on its way out. That is what bowel movements do. There are no toxins to be cleansed or irrigated. That is fake medicine. A 2011 review on colonics concluded that doctors should advise patients that colon cleansing has no proven benefits and many adverse effects.

The idea that colonics are used in conjunction with a cleanse is beyond ridiculous. Junger tells us via Goop that a cleanse creates some kind of extra sticky mucus that blocks elimination of what needs to be disposed of (I will admit that hurt my brain more than a little). Dr Junger says this cleanse residue is a mucoid plaque, basically some kind of adherent, cleanse-induced super-glue that needs a colonic for removal. He supports this assertion not with published research, but by telling Goops readers to Google mucoid plaque.

No really. That is what he said. Google it. So I did. This is what came up first:

Mucoid plaque (or mucoid cap or rope) is a pseudoscientific term used by some alternative medicine advocates to describe what is claimed to be a combination of allegedly harmful mucus-like material and food residue that they say coats the gastrointestinal tract of most people.

Apparently, the term mucoid plaque was coined by Richard Anderson, who is a naturopath, not a gastroenterologist, so not a doctor who actually looks inside the colon. I looked mucoid plaques up in PubMed. Guess what? Nothing colon-related. There is not one study or even case-report describing this phenomenon. Apparently only doctors who sell cleanses and colonics can see them. I am fairly confident that if some gastroenterologist (actual colon doctor) found some crazy mucus that looked like drool from the alien queen that she or he would have taken pictures and written about it or discussed it at a conference.

If we needed cleanses to live and thus colonics to manage this alien-like mucous residue created by cleanses, how did we ever evolve? Wouldnt we have died out from these mysterious toxins? Wouldnt our rectums be different? Wouldnt we have invented irrigation tubing before the wheel? So many questions.

There is only a side mention in the Goop post of two of the many complications seen with colonics: colon perforation and damage to gastrointestinal bacteria. And as for coffee enemas? While Dr Kelly Brogan, Paltrows Aids-denialist doctor gal pal who is speaking at In Goop Health later this month, is also a huge fan, there is no data to suggest that coffee offers any benefit via the rectal route but there are plenty of reports of coffee enema-induced rectal burns.

So here are the facts. No one needs a cleanse. Ever. There are no waste products left behind in the colon that need removing just because or after a cleanse. If a cleanse did leave gross, adherent hunks of weird mucus then that would be a sign that the cleanse was damaging the colon. You know what creates excess, weird mucous? Irritation and inflammation.

There are serious risks to colonics such as bowel perforation, damaging the intestinal bacteria, abdominal pain, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and renal failure. There are also reports of serious infections, air embolisms, colitis, and rectal perforation. If you go to a spa and the equipment is not sterilised, infections can be transmitted via the tubing.

Coffee enemas and colonics offer no health benefit. The biology used to support these therapies is unsound and there can be very real complications. Keep the coffee out of your rectum and in your cup. It is only meant to access your colon from the top.

Dr Jen Gunter is an obstetrician, gynaecologist and pain medicine physician. This piece originally ran on Jen Gunters blog

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-coffee-enema-colonic-irrigation

This Unicorn Beauty Trend Promises A More Youthful Face And.. Vagina

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the unicorn beauty trend, here it is, creeping into 2018.

An ingredient called “true unicorn root,” otherwise known as Aletris farinosa, is showing up in beauty products. It’s an herb that grows in North America, and unfortunately, it’s neither sparkly nor particularly colorful. But like the mythical creature from which it takes its name, true unicorn root (not to be confused with false unicorn rootdoes seem pretty magical. 

The herb ― specifically its underground stem, or rhizome ― is said to have been used by some Native Americans as a remedy for everything from stomach pain to colic and dysentery, according to the Natural Living Center. As Hello Giggles notes, it’s also been used to help regulate menstrual periods, treat symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome and act as a fertility aid, as it mimics certain properties of estrogen (though it’s not a hormone).

Visha Skin Care
Visha’s new moisturizer contains unicorn root. 

Now, indie skin care brand Visha Skin Care is using true unicorn root in its new multitasking RejuVenating Moisturizer ($55), a four-in-one product that claims to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, firm hormonally challenged skin, make skin appear fresher and even help with vaginal dryness. That’s right, this cream can supposedly be used on the face and the outer vaginal area “to help replenish and balance natural moisture levels.” 

“True unicorn root, or Aletris farinosa, is a root that has been used by herbalists for centuries. The root has estrogen-like properties and can help counteract the effects of estrogen loss in the skin when used topically,” Dr. Purvisha Patel, board-certified dermatologist and creator of Visha Skin Care, told HuffPost.

As a woman ages and her estrogen levels drop, Patel said, the body produces less collagen and elastin, which results in more wrinkles and dry skin. In the vaginal area, less estrogen can lead to vaginal dryness, painful intercourse and vaginal tissue thinning. 

Women have used prescription estrogen creams on their faces and genital areas for decades, Patel said ― but if estrogen is systemically absorbed, it may put some women at risk for cancer.

“The unicorn root helps replenish estrogen balance without systemic absorption, making it safe,” she said.

It should be noted, however, that true unicorn root hasn’t been extensively studied in the world of skin care.

The herb “is most often used as a tincture or extract for menstrual symptoms, fertility regulation and estrogen ‘regulation,’” said Dr. Angela Lamb, director of the Westside Mount Sinai Dermatology Faculty Practice, director of dermatology at the Institute of Family Health and an assistant dermatology professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“With the estrogen in mind,” she said, “it does not surprise me that it may be good for both vaginal and facial skin tone.”

Lamb also noted that the other ingredients in Visha’s cream, such as wild yam extract, “contain other antioxidants that may be contributing to the cream’s efficacy.” 

At the moment, true unicorn root doesn’t seem to be a popular skin care ingredient. But if this wonder herb really does live up to its hype, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on more and more ingredient lists. 

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-is-unicorn-root_us_5a538967e4b0efe47ebb0068

This Is The Experimental New Gel That Could Replace Vasectomies In The Next Few Years

The decision to have kids or lead a child-free life is one that weighs heavily on millions of people’s minds.

After talking it over with your significant other, perhaps you’ve decided that children just aren’t in your future, or if you already have a child or two, perhaps you’ve decided that enough is enough and your tiny family won’t be gaining any additional members.

While there are many methods you and your partner can use to prevent pregnancy, most of the time, the pressure is put on the woman in the relationship. Women are the target market for birth control pills, contraceptive gels, and patches, as well as vaginal rings that can all help prevent unwanted pregnancies. But when men are involved, sure there’s the possibility of a vasectomy. Other than that, contraceptive measures for men are in the works, but nothing has come close to making its way onto store shelves…until now.

Researchers from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have developed a topical gel designed for men that has the potential to slow down and prevent the production of sperm.

The gel in question is still in the trial phase of research and is about to undergo a four-year clinical trial slated to start in April 2018. The trial will include over 400 couples from across the globe that will use the gel as part of their bedroom routines.

While you might expect the gel to be rubbed on your man’s unmentionables, it’s actually applied to the arms and shoulders!

The basis of the contraceptive gel is hormones progestin and testosterone. The progestin works to stop the man’s testes from producing enough testosterone to produce sperm. The added testosterone is then used as an alternative way to acquire the hormone without producing a hormonal imbalance.

Theoretically, if applied according to researcher’s recommendations, the contraceptive gel should help suppress sperm levels for up to 72 hours.

A previous gel trial conducted by the National Institute in 2012 was able to successfully reduce the male’s sperm levels by 89 percent with minimal side effects.

It will be quite some time before this latest contraceptive gel comes anywhere close to store shelves, but for now, it’s a step in the right direction.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/contraceptive-gel/

Here’s how to get sexual pleasure from your cryptocurrency

Image: Camsoda

Are you ready to take the thrill of cryptocurrencies to the next level?

Camsoda, the adult entertainment platform, has just unveiled BitCast, which allows you to pair an interactive sex toy with your investments in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Yowza.

Image: giphy

You can choose to pair it with a variety of penile, vaginal, and anal toys. Then, as the value of your cryptocurrency of choice rises or falls, the vibration increases or decreases accordingly in real time. It’s the perfect way to wring even more pleasure from your cryptocurrency obsession. 

Daryn Parker, CamSoda’s VP, said in a statement, “With people constantly tracking their cryptocurrency investments, we saw an opportunity to offer them simultaneous sexual pleasure derived exclusively from price fluctuations.”

Indeed. Though given how volatile the markets for these currencies are, proceed with caution. One big boom and you could really overdose on pleasure. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/21/bitcoin-sex-toy-ethereum-litecoin-camsoda/

Male Virgins Are Still At Risk Of Getting HPV, According To New Research

You may think virgins are free from sexual infections, but they too face a chance of getting the human papillomavirus (HPV). Further evidence comes from a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection. In fact, 80 million people in the US currently have it. The virus can be spread via sexual activity with someone who has already been infected, which includes vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex.

The new research looked at 87 virgins aged 18 to 70 from 2005 to 2009 in the US, Brazil, and Mexico. The study found that even though the men refrained from vaginal and anal sex, it didn’t change the fact that some of them still likely caught the virus from non-penetrative sex, such as hand-to-genital contact or genital-to-genital contact.

Even when using condoms, you’re still not fully protected from catching the STI, since it’s passed through intimate skin-to-skin contact.

“Previous studies have found HPV among female virgins, but this is the first to find it among male virgins,” said study author Alan Nyitray, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center, in a statement. “Finding HPV in this population was not entirely surprising, but it reinforces the point that HPV vaccination should not be thought of only in the context of sexual behavior.”

Of the virgin men who began engaging in penetrative sex during the course of the study, 28.7 percent of them became infected with HPV within a year. After two years of sexual acitivty, 45.5 percent of them became infected.

This latest study highlights exactly why it’s vital for boys to receive the HPV vaccination as well, especially as some countries (such as the UK) only offer the shot to young girls.

In the United States, the vaccination is given to boys and girls who are either 11 or 12 years old. However, there was a point in time when it was only offered to girls due to women being diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Yet men also face exposure to the virus if they’re not given the injection, putting them at risk of cancer of the penis, anus, and/or throat. Currently, the HPV vaccine is recommended to women through the age of 26, and for men until the age of 21.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/male-virgins-are-still-at-risk-of-getting-hpv-according-to-new-research/

New Zealand bans vaginal mesh implants

Ministry of Health asks suppliers to stop marketing the mesh until they have proven its safety

New Zealand has become the first major country to effectively ban vaginal mesh implants in response to safety concerns over the surgery.

The countrys Ministry of Health announced on Monday that it had written to leading mesh suppliers asking them to stop marketing the products from January or prove that their products are safe.

Ministry of Health spokesman, Stewart Jessamine, told a New Zealand radio station: Were always cautious about the use of the word ban, but effectively the companies are agreeing no longer to sell these products … in New Zealand from the 4th of January.

The move goes considerably further than recent announcements in other countries, such as Australia and the UK, which only restrict the use of pelvic mesh operations for organ prolapse. In New Zealand, the use of mesh implants to treat urinary incontinence, which accounts for the vast majority of mesh operations, will also be effectively banned, according to an announcement posted on the government website.

The decision has been applauded by campaigners, many of whom argue that the potential complications of mesh surgery, which include chronic pain and implants cutting through the vagina, are unacceptable. However, doctors expressed concern at the far-reaching nature of the ban.

It is now widely accepted that vaginal mesh should not be routinely offered for prolapse, where the pelvic organs bulge into the vagina. But many doctors maintain that mesh surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence can have advantages over traditional surgery and believe that these procedures should continue to be offered.

This makes New Zealand the only country in the world to have banned all of these procedures and will leave women without effective surgical options for these debilitating conditions, said Giovanni Losco, a urologist in Christchurch and spokesman for the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, says the medical profession needs to acknowledge that there have been major failings in regulation and act to address the issue. If they dont then other regulators may also react with outright bans.

[New Zealand] is basically saying we cant guarantee patient safety, he added.

Jessamine said that the decision had been taken after reviewing data on mesh safety provided in November by the Australian government, which had been carrying out its own inquiry into the use of pelvic implants. Weve reviewed that data and come to the opinion that the data is sound and we now believe the risks of the use of these products in the pelvis for prolapse and stress incontinence far outweighs the benefits, he said.

Weve got an ability within our legislation to limit the use of those products, to discourage and ultimately remove those products from the market, he added.

Owen Smith, a shadow cabinet minister, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on surgical mesh implants, described the announcement as hugely significant. Its the first major country to effectively ban mesh for all pelvic operations. Its precisely what weve been calling for in the UK.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/12/new-zealand-bans-vaginal-mesh-implants