Do you experience pain while having sex? Then you may have dyspareunia. Dyspareunia is recurrent or persistent pain with sexual activity and affects approximately 10% to 20% of women in the United This condition can easily hinder the relationship a woman has with her partner and at times creates pain at a time when you should be experiencing pleasure.
Dyspareunia occurs mostly from tightness in the pelvic floor muscles. Some women experience dyspareunia due to a yeast infection, vaginal dryness or even after childbirth.
There are two types of dyspareunia categories: 1) entry and 2) deep. Entry is at the entrance of the vagina and deep dyspareunia is pain that occurs with deep penetration. Dyspareunia tends have a negative impact on a woman’s mental and physical health.
This negative psychological impact affects the individual’s perception of their body image, relationships with partners, and efforts to conceive a baby. Decreased arousal, decreased limbo, and anorgasmia are other female sexual dysfunction disorders.
Five of the most common causes of dyspareunia are listed below
— a. Burning pain that is continuous, triggered by touch or
— a. Inhibits entry into the vagina via Involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor muscles
3. Inadequate Lubrication
4. Vaginal Atrophy
— a. Thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to a lack of estrogen.
5. Postpartum Dyspareunia
How will physical therapy help?
At Oklahoma Physical Therapy our trained professional, Dr. Mackenzie Barnes will create a customized plan that will address all of the facets of the pelvic floor. This treatment plan may consist of an educational pelvic physical exam, pelvic floor massage and bladder manipulation and retraining.
By teaching you to identify the correct muscle groups and then consciously relaxing those muscles will begin the retraining phase.
Contact us today at 405-749-6281 or make an appointment online at www.oklahomaphysicaltherapy.com/make-appointment. to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mackenzie Barnes so she can help restore the pleasure of intimacy and intercourse by decreasing pain and increasing sexual function.