A ring of fire. That’s what it can feel like.
You have pain with inserting a tampon. You’ve always dreaded pelvic exams because they hurt. Every time you try to have sex it burns and stings. Sound familiar? Pain with sex may be due to a lot of reasons – one of those may be vulvodynia.
A bit of history – pain with sex has always been an issue, but the cause has not always been well-known.
What is “Pelvic rehab” anyway? Basically we help the pelvis work right. It may be defined generally as physical therapy to restore the pelvic region to a more functional and/or less painful state. Pelvic rehab treats anything from pain to leakage to lack of coordination. Treatment of bladder, genital, abdominal, pelvic girdle and bowel dysfunction with physical therapy is well-studied and proven effective (especially incontinence, prolapse, urgency and frequency). It is thrilling to know we can regain control over our bodies,
As much as we would like to avoid the topic, poop happens. Or in many uncomfortable cases, it doesn’t. According to the statistics, approximately 20% of adults between 40-75 have constipation. And those numbers are just the base level, run-of-the-mill, stopped-up versions. The actual numbers increase significantly with additional factors:
- Older > Younger
- Female > Male
- Psychologic factors – stress or anxiety