Pain during sex or chronic pain in the pelvic region is not normal
It may surprise you to learn that 1 in 5 women experience painful sex or chronic pelvic pain. In fact millions of women around the world suffer from chronic pelvic pain, and many will suffer in silence.
Pelvic pain is a silent epidemic that can’t be seen which is why it can be both physically and mentally stressful. Some woman have even been told that it is only in their head as it is difficult to diagnose by anyone other than a professional who specialises in the pelvic region.
For some women a diagnosis may have already been given but the patient is unsure where to go for help. Physiotherapists specialising in Pelvic pain can be of great benefit if you have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:
Vulvodynia / vestibulodynia, vaginismus, pudendal neuralgia, coccydynia, painful bladder syndrome or endometriosis.
How to determine if you have chronic pelvic pain
- Is it painful and/or difficult to insert a tampon?
- Do you experience pain when having sex (vaginal penetration)?
- Is it painful to urinate or pass a bowel motion?
- Do you experience pain when your bladder is full?
- Do you have pain in the tailbone region?
- Are you often bloated?
- Do you experience frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) or thrush?
- Do you experience vulval pain when sitting down while wearing tight clothing?
- Do you suffer from severe period pain?
What are some of the causes of pelvic and sexual pain?
Women who have difficulty relaxing their pelvic floor muscles can experience pain during intercourse. Their tight, tense and overactive pelvic floor muscles can lead to chronic pelvic pain over time.
Other causes include:
- Overtraining of core or abdominal muscles
- Nerve compression
- Recurrent infections, such as thrush and urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Chronic vulval or skin inflammation
- Menopause or breastfeeding (due to hormonal changes)
- Poor pelvic and spinal posture
- Anxiety or depression
How can we help?
Our Physiotherapists specialise in women’s health, including the complex area of pelvic and sexual pain. They understand that every woman is different and therefore there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. They will work with you to provide the right personalised treatment plan to manage and release your pain and enjoy intimacy again.
What to expect
You will see one of our Physiotherapists who specialises in women’s pelvic health. She will begin by asking you a series of questions to obtain a detailed history.
Contact us to make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation and assessment today.