Today we’re going to talk about something that might make you blush a little bit, but don’t worry, we’re all friends here. We’re going to talk about how pelvic floor physical therapy can help with pain during sex. Yes, you read that right. Painful sex. Yikes.
But before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s start with the basics. What is pelvic floor physical therapy? It’s a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs. And let me tell you, those muscles are important. They help with everything from peeing to pooping to, well, you know.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. If you’re experiencing pain during sex, pelvic floor physical therapy can be a lifesaver. A pelvic floor PT can help you determine the cause of your pain. Often the root cause of painful sex is tight pelvic floor muscles.
One of the techniques that therapists use is called dilator training. Don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Basically, you use a series of progressively larger dilators to help stretch the muscles in your pelvic floor. It might sound a little weird, but trust me, it works.
Another technique that you will learn in pelvic floor physical therapy can be helpful is breathing exercises. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Breathing? How is that going to help with sex?” But hear me out. When you’re feeling anxious or tense, your muscles can tighten up, making sex uncomfortable or even painful. Your pelvic floor muscles also run parallel to your diaphragm, so your pelvic floor gets a stretched when you take a big breath. By learning how to breathe deeply and relax your muscles, you can make sex a much more enjoyable experience.
But let’s be real here. The best part about pelvic floor physical therapy is the stories you’ll have to tell afterwards. Imagine going out for drinks with your friends and casually mentioning that you’re going to physical therapy to improve your sex life. Cue the awkward silence and then the inevitable barrage of questions.
“So, uh, what exactly do they do?”
“Do they, like, make you do Kegels?”
“Is it weird?”
And then there’s always that one friend who asks if the therapist is hot. Eye roll.
But here’s the thing. Pelvic floor physical therapy is nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s a legitimate medical treatment that can improve your quality of life. And let’s be real, if you can’t laugh about sex and all its weirdness, then what’s the point?
So, to all the folks out there who are struggling with painful sex, don’t be afraid to try pelvic floor physical therapy. It might feel a little uncomfortable at first, but trust me, it’s worth it. And who knows, you might just end up with some hilarious stories to tell at your next girls’ night out.
And on that note, I’ll leave you with this thought: if you can get through pelvic floor physical therapy, you can get through anything. So go out there and conquer the world, one Kegel at a time.