Painful Intercourse

Painful intercourse, also known as dyspareunia, is a very common issue among women.  Yes, that is right, you are not alone.  Dyspareunia affects many people and most feel they are in a hopeless situation with no treatment options.  As a matter of fact, dyspareunia is extremely treatable, and in most instances, will be completely resolved. 

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Painful Intercourse

What are the causes?

The causative factors which result in dyspareunia are typically of musculoskeletal origin.  This can stem from low back pain, hip pathology, sacroiliac dysfunctions, bladder dysfunctions such as interstitial cystitis, endometriosis, autoimmune diseases, perineal tears, spine dysfunctions and chronic pain syndromes.  Therefore, this is not merely an emotional reaction, but a physical issue that can be resolved and treated like most musculoskeletal dysfunctions.  

What are the symptoms?

Pain with intercourse can vary from patient to patient.  For some, even the attempt of intercourse is impossible and for others it is possible but uncomfortable.  This pain can be described in a variety of levels:

  • Burning
  • Feeling there is something blocking the entrance
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Tearing
  • Deep pain or superficial pain
  • Abdominal/pelvic pain
  • Cramping
  • Tailbone pain

What can I expect in PT?

Initially you will discuss your symptoms, past medical history, and your goals with your therapist.  According to your information and medical history, a musculoskeletal examination will be performed to evaluate any spine or extremity dysfunctions that may be contributing to your painful intercourse.  Once this information is obtained from the orthopedic evaluation, often the next step is a pelvic floor examination.  We know this can be intimidating, so your comfort is our utmost concern through your evaluation.  Upon your consent, an examination can be performed to evaluate your pelvic floor.  This examination is performed to determine the high or low muscle tone, connective tissue restrictions, symmetry or asymmetry of the pelvic floor, issues with hypersensitivity, and the musculoskeletal integrity of the pelvic floor.  All of the information gained from your initial appointment and your goals will be used to map a plan of care to resolve your issues.  We welcome questions and strived to provide a professional and safe environment where you can take the next steps to attain your goals.

Why should I choose you for physical therapy?

Our therapists specialize in issues dealing with the pelvis, pelvic floor, and surrounding anatomy.  They have undergone advanced training to provide you a holistic approach to understanding and treating your issues, rather than only treating your symptoms.  Our therapists encompass compassion, dedication, great listening skills and are committed to alleviating your pain while managing the highest standards of privacy and respect.

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