Vulvodynia vaginismus and over active pelvic floor muscles

Vulvodynia vaginismus and over active pelvic floor muscles

We are often referred ladies with overactive Pelvic Floor muscles. Symptoms can include urgency, burning in the vulva, vagina or urethra, painful sex or intimacy, pain with pap smears or examinations, pain when attempting to insert tampons and other pains around the bladder, bowel, vagina and pelvic areas. 

Sometimes your Gp or Gynaecologist will recognise this problem but for alot of women it is difficult to take the right steps to seek help. This can be a distressing problem for not only the woman involved but her partner as well. Usually the muscles of the pelvic floor have become overly tense or active due to another underlying medical or physical problem, or it is triggered by a medical issue. This might be something as simple as a UTI or thrush. Sometimes a diagnosis is made such as endometriosis, painful bladder syndrome or interstitial cystitis or pelvic girdle pain, and sometimes the diagnosis is one of pain syndrome, vulvodynia for example. This can occur in women before pregnancy, during pregnancy after pregnancy even post c section. It can occur in women later in life as well. 

We use a sensitive and empathic approach to helping you overcome pelvic floor muscle pain and overactivity (sometimes called vaginismus)including the use of pelvic floor relaxation techniques, visualisation and mindful breathing and downtraining of the central nervous system, vaginal trainers and advice on partner involvement and sexual function. We often work in partnership with your gp, specialist and / or specialist pain psychology clinics.