Shelby Hadden is an awesome chick. No really, she’s kickass. You know why? Because she’s got grit and courage to face her fears around pelvic pain and vaginismus. She transformed her fears to positively impact herself and the people around her by sharing the ups and downs of her journey with vaginismus with the rest of the world. This is no easy task! How many of us would willingly talk about our sexual problems to the world, let alone our closest friends?!
Filmmaker, Shelby Hadden, created a documentary called Tightly Wound, a 15-minute animated film that follows Shelby’s experience with vaginismus; a pelvic floor condition characterized by involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles that tighten the vaginal entrance, causing pain, penetration problems, and inability to have intercourse. It chronicles the various ways it has affected her life – how health professionals have failed her, men have rejected her, and shame, anger, and hatred have plagued her body.
On today's show, Shelby shares her personal story with us. She tells us how she faced her fears and uncertainty dealing with vaginismus only to be given an opportunity to learn and thrive in the face of her pain.
Shelby is an advocate for both men and women with pelvic pain and encourages anyone suffering with pain to speak freely about their experiences so that they can feel supported, loved, and connected with others in similar situations.
Check out what Shelby's been up to lately!
Film's website: www.tightlywoundfilm.com
Tightly Wound (the essay) in BUST Magazine: www.bust.com/sex/18462-vaginismus-essay.html
BedPost Confessions - (Will be performing June 19 & 20 at the North Door in Austin): www.bedpostconfessions.com
Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit (DC, August 3-6): www.sexualfreedomsummit.org
Connect with Shelby on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
Hope you enjoy our conversation and if you know someone who’s got pelvic pain, share this podcast episode with them. You just never know whose life you might change forever.