Krystal Carroll


                         rystal Carroll, a mother of two in her 30s, began experiencing pelvic pain 
                  during her pregnancy with her first child. The pain became worse after the birth
                               of her daughter, making it difficult to be intimate with her husband. After
                            suffering for about six months, she made an appointment with a pelvic
                     pain specialist.


“I needed this not only for myself but for my marriage,” she said.


Carroll described her pain as a “barrier” not allowing penetration all the way through. It was so painful that she would end up crying and asking her husband to stop.


The specialist diagnosed her with interstitial cystitis, also called painful
bladder syndrome. She was prescribed medications and took them for
several months with no relief of symptoms and with added side effects.


She returned to the physician, who then tried twice-monthly injections
into the bladder and massage therapy. This provided enough relief that
Carroll was able to become pregnant with her second child, but she was
still experiencing pain.


“During those years I endured many treatments, hoping that if I gave it enough
time I would finally start feeling some relief,” she said.


She reached a point where she just shut herself off, avoiding all affection, because
she didn’t want to deal with the pain.


After some testing and exams, Dr. Azadi suggested Carroll see the physical therapist to help loosen her pelvic muscles. He also started her on a new medication.


Carroll finally has found not only relief, but pleasure again.


“It’s a hard story to tell, but one I want to share in hopes it will help other women,” she said.


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“It’s a hard story to tell, but one I want to share in hopes it will help other women.” –Krystal Carroll

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