Intimacy Without The Ouch – A Look At Pelvic Pain
Whether you are watching the latest Netflix series, or looking at the articles in magazines, there is an enhanced image of how amazing sex should be, and how we should be having it all the time. The unfortunate truth is that for 20% of women in North America, this isn’t the case. With 1 out of every 5 women who aren’t able to enjoy having sex, you would think that we would be talking about it more often. Unfortunately there is still stigma in our world regarding talking about sex, and so these women and men are suffering in silence. Many things can contribute to pelvic pain during intercourse, but the good news is, is that there are many treatment options for these women. The surprising truth, is that there are physiotherapy interventions that can help you to take away the pain and lead you to re-discover the pleasure again.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
Many things can contribute to experiencing pain with intercourse. For some individuals, sex has never been fun. Even from the first time trying intercourse, individuals can experience pain as the muscles in the pelvic floor haven’t been stretched yet. Just like the muscles in your legs, the muscles in our pelvic floor also need to be stretched! For others, pelvic pain can come from an outside source, like a painful infection or procedure, which can contribute to pain in the future with intercourse. Regardless of the initial source of the pain, the muscles in our body respond by creating tension in order to protect the area. The next time that intercourse is attempted, the muscles are already tense in anticipation of the pain (our bodies remember everything), and the muscles become more tense. This contributes to the pain during intercourse, as it can increase friction and create a burning sensation at the muscles. This creates more fear and avoidance, which can create a continued cycle that we see all too often in the human body.
There Are Treatment Options Available
Only 60% of affected women seek treatment for the pain that they experience in the intimate parts of their lives, and not all of them receive a diagnosis or treatment plan. Many women get education from their doctors to use lubricant, or just try to relax, but without guidance this advice often doesn’t have a lasting effect. In a physiotherapy assessment, we would ask you questions regarding your pain, and assess the strength and tone of the muscles in your pelvic floor. Throughout the treatment sessions we will discuss strategies to become comfortable again with the intimate parts of your life, and learn how to properly relax the muscles of the pelvic floor in order to bring back the fun with intercourse.
You Don’t Have To Suffer With Pelvic Pain
For more information on treatment and assessment of pelvic pain, give us at call at 613-424-7852, or book an appointment with one of our pelvic health therapists. Congratulations on taking the first step in the process of overcoming your pelvic pain.
-This article was written by Shira Schwartz – one of our team’s Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists.