Tiny Pioneer was set up in November 2015 as a result of one woman’s complex, ongoing, very-much-interlinked health problems! These included anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, occasional severe cystitis, and hormonal problems, which presented themselves in various guises from childhood. Hitting a low point with the anxiety and IBS at around age 24, by age 26 Tiny began to successfully manage these with nutritional approaches. By age 28 she had developed the willpower to consistently stick to her regime, which enabled her to experience a better quality of life than ever before in adulthood.
However, in June 2014, Tiny got another bout of cystitis. Although a course of antibiotics cleared it, she subsequently experienced constant vaginal awareness and sensitivity, often with feelings of arousal that were intrusive and only worsened after orgasm. She discovered that this was called persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) and that there was no known single cause and no known single cure.
The next few months were difficult and frightening for Tiny, but she was determined that the horror stories she had read on the internet would not be her own story. It made sense to her that if the PGAD had arrived, it could just as easily leave again – it was simply a problem waiting to be figured out! During her research into what might make her PGAD better and worse, she discovered several supplements, topical applications and protocols that she felt may be beneficial. Just as she had experimented with ways of improving her anxiety and IBS in her mid-twenties, she now began to experiment with ways of healing her PGAD.
Very little is known about PGAD, but Tiny feels that it is usually created by a ‘perfect storm’ of conditions, which might include: bladder problems; reproductive hormone imbalances; thyroid hormone imbalances; iron deficiency; structural tension, injury or malformation; and neurotransmitter imbalances. It is not unusual to see PGAD presenting alongside other chronic health conditions, especially those relating to bladder health, mental health and digestive health. Tiny recently conducted a research survey to discover more about PGAD and she hopes the results will be available in the next year or so. Her own PGAD is now much improved, to the point that she is rarely affected by it. You can read more about how she achieved this in many of the posts on Tiny’s Blog, which we would encourage you to spend some time reading.
The products stocked here on this website are from brands that Tiny has personally used over the years in her health journey. As the store has grown she can no longer say that she has tried every single product, but she has used many of them and so under each product description is a ‘Tiny says’ section where she shares her insights. Because Tiny believes that PGAD often goes hand in hand with cystitis or interstitial cystitis, each of the products sold here is suitable for those with sensitive bladders. Tiny will only stock items that she has faith in, from companies that she trusts, and you can read more about that on the Our Mission page.
Tiny is passionate about good health and has a keen interest in fusing the best of modern science with the best of traditional medicine. The purpose of Tiny Pioneer is therefore twofold: to enable a UK market to procure niche nutritional supplements and other useful products more easily; and to provide insights that might assist other sufferers of the conditions which have impacted so strongly on the larger part of Tiny’s life. In 2021 we were delighted to introduce our first own label products to the store!
If you have read to the bottom of this page, hopefully the origin of the Pioneer part of our name will now be apparent. And Tiny? Well, she’s less than five feet tall! We hope you love the site and will find it helpful in your own unique journey.
Wishing you the best of health,