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Women's Pelvic Health

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.

Common Symptoms:

    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

 

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What Is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor muscles are at the base of the pelvis and attach from the pubic bone at the front to the tail bone at the back. They are like a hammock and support the bladder, uterus and bowel. They also help control the bladder and bowel and play a role in sexual function.

If the pelvic floor muscles are weak, they can contribute to poor bladder and bowel control and pelvic organ prolapse. If you are unable to relax your pelvic floor you may have problems with bladder and bowel emptying or sexual and pelvic pain.

Our specifically trained Physiotherapists will evaluate the function of your pelvic floor muscles and assess your ability to contract and relax these muscles. Pelvic floor muscle training under the guidance of a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is recognised as an effective treatment for these problems.

 

Real Time Ultrasound – A Useful Tool

We’re up to date with the latest technology which includes Real Time Ultrasound. 
This is an imaging technology that shows contraction and relaxation of deep muscles in real time and allows us to give you a more accurate assessment if required.

 

Uses Of Real Time Ultrasound

•  Your Physiotherapist may make use of ultrasound as part of your pelvic floor and abdominal assessment to ensure you’re activating and relaxing your muscles correctly

•  It may be used as a teaching tool to provide you with immediate visual feedback to improve learning and performance

•  Real Time Ultrasound can be used as a bladder scanner to assess bladder emptying

 

Our Locations

Camberwell
549 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124
T: 03 8823 8300
F: 03 8823 8399
Hampton
170 Thomas St, Hampton VIC 3188
T: 03 9521 0444
F: 03 9521 0777 

Also consulting at:

Box Hill:  Epworth Eastern Hospital, Level 3, Suite 19, 1 Arnold Street
East Bentleigh: Southern Urology, 7 Chester Street
East Melbourne: Urology Consultants Victoria, Suite 102, Freemasons Hospital, 320 Victoria Parade
Malvern: Australian Urology Associates, Ground Floor, 322 Glenferrie Road
Malvern: Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre, Area E, Level 2, Cabrini Hospital, 183 Wattletree Road

If you’d like to make an appointment for one of these locations please call our Camberwell rooms on 03 8823 8300