Pain During Sex? You could benefit from Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.
Pain during sex is nothing to ignore nor shy away from. Often, receiving early treatment can save you from a lot of unnecessary pain & discomfort. Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy has been known to treat pain during sex, and we want to tell you more.
What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?
Pelvic floor physiotherapy (PFPT) is a specialized field of physiotherapy that involves assessing and treating the pelvic floor muscles. If you’ve been pregnant or have experienced childbirth, you may have heard of PFPT from your OB-GYN or midwife. While seeing a pelvic floor therapist during pregnancy or after childbirth is a great idea, there are a lot of other conditions that can be treated with PFPT as well. For example, PFPT can help to resolve issues such as pain during sex (dyspareunia), constipation, leakage of urine/feces, urgency, and many more common occurrences.
What we know about pain during sex
Pain during sex is considered abnormal. There can be several underlying causes of pain with sex; however, dysfunction of the pelvic floor musculature is a common finding. Whether the pelvic floor muscles are hypertonic, meaning in a state of high tension, or if there is a prolapse, the result will be pain with any kind of insertion into the vagina (this could present as pain with tampon insertion as well!).
How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help you with painful sex
If you are experiencing pain with insertion, your pelvic health therapist will be able to identify the cause of this dysfunction and then form a plan to best address and correct the issue. This will involve a full assessment, both externally (examining the body and its movement as a whole) and internally (insertion of a gloved finger into the vagina and/or rectum). This will allow the therapist to determine the state and function of your pelvic floor muscles. From there, your therapist will likely administer a combination of hands-on therapy techniques and exercises to address the issue. When it comes to pain with sex, there is usually a lot of chatting and education as well, since things like sex positioning and vulvar care can significantly impact your progress.
Why you should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist
Pain with sex is abnormal and should not be ignored. Having optimal sexual health is important to your overall health, and pain-free sex is integral to achieving that. Your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy sessions can ensure that your issues are addressed with a holistic approach, allowing you to achieve your goals and have a healthy sex life. The pelvic health therapists at MSK will take the time to explore and address all of your concerns, and make sure that you are prescribed a comprehensive program that will get you feeling your best quickly and comfortably.
Visit MSK Clinics for your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy session today; it’s the first step towards a healthier sex life.