Sexual or Pelvic Pain

Pelvic & Sexual Pain

Many women experience dyspareunia (pain during sex) or pain when undergoing a PAP smear and find it difficult to insert a tampon. It’s also common to experience pelvic or lower abdominal pain, tailbone or coccyx pain that makes it difficult to sit.

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
  • 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
  • Don’t put up with it
  • Manage your stress
  • Eat well and exercise consistently
  • Try body scanning and imagine the softening/letting go of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Visit a Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist!

What Can Embrace Physiotherapy Do for You?

  • Conduct 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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Really glad to have Alex as my therapist! She helped me tremendously in resolving my pelvic pain issues after delivery. I sought help from a couple of places, but they were of little use. Thankfully, I met Alex who has the experience and patience to accurately diagnose the issue and treat my pain. On top of that, Alex and the staff at Embrace are very friendly, and it was a great experience overall. I would highly recommend anyone who is suffering from postpartum pains to visit Alex at Embrace!

Tash L Avatar Tash L
January 11, 2022

I'd definitely recommend Embrace for after birth physiotherapy recovery. Brenda Lee, my physio, has been very professional, precise and supportive, all one's needs to feel in better shape after giving birth. The Embrace team is lovely and always very reactive when it comes to changing appointment dates. Don't hesitate, they're the best !

Lou m Avatar Lou m
November 25, 2021

Went for physiotherapy (with Preet) and postpartum exercise classes (with Brenda). Embrace is an awesome place to recover after birth, and seeking their help after birth was probably one of the best self-care choices I've made. Preet is extremely professional, approachable and friendly. She goes above and beyond, and did a comprehensive check on me, even though my initial main concern was DR. Brenda's sessions are engaging and fun. Not too tough for the postpartum mum but not a walk in the park either (especially the first few classes). The sessions allowed me to feel more in control of my body (and stronger) after birth. They also helped me ease back into strength training. The client experience team is also amazing, so shout out to them. Highly recommend all postpartum mums to seek Embrace out!

Yenn Weii Lim Avatar Yenn Weii Lim
October 13, 2022

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