Pelvic & Sexual Pain
Do you have pain with sex or difficulty inserting a tampon?
Do you have pelvic or low abdominal pain, bladder irritation or pressure?
Is sitting difficult due to tailbone or coccyx pain?
Pelvic pain is a hidden problem - it can't be seen, it’s hard to diagnose and women often suffer for many years before finding help. Sexual and vulval pain is very distressing, both physically and emotionally.
If you have difficulty relaxing your pelvic floor muscles, sex can be painful. Sometimes these muscles spasm involuntarily in anticipation of pain or penetration. Tense, tight or overactive muscles can lead to ongoing pelvic, vulval, coccyx and bladder pain.
You may have been diagnosed with vaginismus, vulvodynia, endometriosis, pudendal neuralgia, painful bladder syndrome or coccydynia. In all of these conditions the overactive pelvic floor muscles are often painful.
• Painful sex
• Pain using a tampon & having a PAP smear
• Involuntary pelvic floor spasm
• Vulval pain with sitting & tight clothing
• Painful periods
• Pain with full bladder
• General chronic pelvic pain that may be related to endometriosis
• Tail bone or coccyx pain
Possible Causes Of Pelvic & Sexual Pain:
• Tense, tight pelvic floor muscles
• Over training of core / abdominal muscles
• Irritation, injury or compression of a nerve
• Recurrent infections e.g. thrush
• Inflammatory conditions of the skin and vulva
• Hormonal changes associated with menopause or breastfeeding
• Genetic factors
• Psychological factors such as mood, relationship issues or past abuse
How We Can Help:
Our experienced Physiotherapists understand this complex problem and will work with you to improve this important aspect of your life. At Women's & Men's Health Physiotherapy we know how to reduce pelvic muscle tension and pain, help you to understand your pain and restore enjoyable intimacy. We work closely with your referring doctor and other health professionals to achieve your goals.
What To Expect:
• A thorough assessment to establish your goals, pelvic floor requirements and treatment plan
• Design of a personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program to relax and release your overactive pelvic floor muscles
• Touch desensitisation and / or manual therapy techniques to relieve the pelvic floor muscle pain
• Use of vaginal trainers
• Support to understand the relationship between your pain and emotional and physical health
What Do I Do Next?
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