May is pelvic pain awareness month, and pelvic pain is a topic I am asked about so frequently that it bears talking about from a variety of angles. So many women and men live day in and day out with pain in their pelvic region, buttocks, genitals, pubic area, tailbone, groin, bladder, genitals, rectum. It can get in the way of day to day activities like sitting, walking, sleeping, sexual activity, exercising, working, or child care. It can change your mood, your focus, your ability to engage with people you want to (or just need to) spend time with and pay attention to.
It's is a term that you may hear about and may have read a lot about. If you have pain somewhere in “that area” that is hard to describe, you have probably already done some research online to try to figure out what is wrong. You may have even found some possible suggestions as to how to solve this problem.
But how do you know whether what you have is Pelvic Pain?
When we say "pelvic pain", we’re talking about a number of different problems, with one term, so let’s break it down.
By now there is a fairly well-established understanding in at least parts of the medical community, as to how many aspects of health and well-being are influenced in women by pelvic health, and in particular by good function of the pelvic floor muscles. Urinary incontinence, urinary urgency and frequency, bladder pain, sexual pain and other sexual dysfunctions, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, pudendal nerve pain, as well as hip, sacroiliac, and lumbar joint problems, are all associated with pelvic floor dysfunction.
Helping health-oriented people overcome pelvic health problems, and live the life you love!
Deborah S. Cohen
Specialist Pelvic Health Physical Therapist