If you are dealing with pelvic pain, the first thing we'd like you to know is that you are not alone.
As we already discussed in a previous article - that you can read here - pelvic pain is so much underestimated in our society, as many other female intimate problems. That's why we are here to shed a light on this topic but especially to give some advice to all the women out there that are suffering from pelvic pain.
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Our tips on dealing with pelvic pain
Do you feel concerned about the potential health issues your pelvic pain might be hiding? The best way to address these fears is by visiting a gynecologist for a check-up. Here is some advice to get you started:
- If your current doctor and/or healthcare professional is not listening to you, then choose another.
- If you experience pain, get a pelvic floor evaluation by an expert. Pelvic floor checks should be included in your routine health checks.
- Any sort of pelvic pain is valid; stop doing anything if it hurts. Respect your body.
- Keep GP/consultant medical letters and test results in a folder in date order.
- Keep a diary of your symptoms, when it occurs, where it is, what type of pain it is, how severe it is, what relieves it.
- Check the NHS Constitution on your rights. A printed version is available in several languages as well as interactive, large print and audio versions on the Department of Health website.
Recommendations from our experts
Pain modulates on the body as a stress agent, so we suggest some palliative actions to help relax it.
- Using massagers or vibrators with a heating function can be a very effective way to relax your muscles, like Emma.
- Lubricants (organic/water-based) are your best friend, if your problem involves vaginal dryness and painful sex. However, they are not a solution.
- Devices like the Ohnut can help you enjoy penetrative sex, particularly if you experience pain during penetration.
Bad habits and behaviours can worsen your pain
- Sitting on the toilet without any support under your feet may increase the risk of pelvic inflammation; make sure to squat and use a toilet stool.
- Dehydration - try to drink at least 1.5-2 litres of water a day for good bowel and bladder health.
- Don’t clench your butt during times of stress.
- Posture and positioning - sitting/leaning to one side or consistently crossing your leg on one side of your body.
- Don’t wear tight underwear or clothing that doesn’t allow your body to breathe.
- Avoid the use of vaginal perfume.