Pelvic Pain - could be anywhere covered by your underwear, during sex, or any other time.
There are many names for pelvic pain conditions, but a specific diagnosis isn't needed to get help from a pelvic physio. Some types that are commonly treated include bladder pain syndrome, clitorodynia, coccodynia, dyspareunia, interstitial cystitis, pubic symphysis dysfunction, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, vulvodynia, vaginissmus, vestibulodynia, and more.
Up to 6 in 10 women will experience painful intercourse at some stage
At 3 months post partum, 6 in 10 women still have pain during intercourse
7 to 10 in 100 women have symptoms consistent with vulvodynia
2 to 7 in 100 women have symptoms consistent with bladder pain syndrome
Many factors contribute to pelvic pain, some of which include biomechanical changes, pregnancy related factors, low estrogen levels, tearing or episiotomies, traumatic deliveries, vaginal dryness, lack of sexual arousal, muscle spasm, anxiety, changes in the nervous system, previous negative experiences, poor expectations, and more.
Pelvic physiotherapy can help you learn relaxation techniques to reduce pelvic floor tension and general stress. You will be provided with education about the neurophysiology of pain, exercises relevant to your situation, and a variety of methods to manage your symptoms and help you work towards your goals.