Endometriosis, Sexual Dysfunction and Pelvic Floor Therapy

October 12, 2017


Many women of reproductive age experience some sort of regular discomfort: Abdominal pain, menstrual cramps and difficult periods are often dismissed as less pleasant but expected elements of the female routine. Over time, monthly pain becomes common and painful sex is considered a normal part of the menstrual cycle. For many, unfortunately, the pain simply becomes accepted. But in some cases, these symptoms can actually be signs of a painful, rarely diagnosed condition known as endometriosis.

Endometriosis occurs when cells normally found in the uterine wall begin to grow outside the uterus, in other parts of the reproductive system, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or rectum. This abnormal growth results in painful inflammation and despite occurring in about 10% of women often is misdiagnosed or completely overlooked. In addition to being a leading cause of infertility, endometriosis can also result in chronic pelvic floor dysfunction, resulting in painful spasms and making sexual intercourse physically impossible.

One way to combat this discomfort is through pelvic floor therapy. This non-invasive treatment teaches patients to retrain and recalibrate the muscles of the pelvis, hips and abdomen. With time, the patient can successfully increase flexibility and relaxation, leading to improved muscular function, renewed sexual and urological efficiency and most importantly, relief from unnecessary suffering.

Pain does not need to be permanent and communication is key. Talk to your specialist to see if Pelvic Floor Therapy could be the answer for you.