About 43% of women in the United States experience sexual dysfunction, especially after childbirth and during menopause. If you have persistent pain during sex or unexpected urine leaks due to pelvic floor dysfunction, you can find help at Triggered Physical Therapy in Arlington and Ft. Worth, Texas. Oluwayeni Abraham, PT, DPT, and Josephine Duncan, PT, use physical therapy techniques to improve your pelvic floor health and relieve symptoms that interfere with your sexual health. Call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Your pelvic floor functions in different ways. Primarily, the muscles in your pelvic floor support your internal organs, including your bladder and uterus. Your pelvic floor also regulates pressure that builds up in your pelvis when you cough or lift heavy objects and helps you hold in your urine and feces.
When you have pelvic floor dysfunction — a condition where your pelvic floor muscles become weak and no longer function correctly — you can also have issues with your sexual function. You might experience pain during sex and difficulties with muscle contractions that contribute to sexual arousal and orgasm.
Indirectly, urinary incontinence that results from sexual dysfunction can also interfere with your sexual confidence. Urine leaks during sexual activity can cause embarrassment and affect your ability to be sexually intimate.
Common causes of sexual dysfunction including pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.
It’s always important to seek a diagnostic evaluation for sexual dysfunction issues in their earliest stages. This allows the team at Triggered Physical Therapy the opportunity to identify the root cause of your issues so you can receive the treatment you need.
The team customizes a treatment plan using a variety of physical therapy techniques to strengthen and firm your pelvic floor muscles. They create your plan based on your individual needs and the severity of your symptoms.
Triggered Physical Therapy focuses on teaching you exercises that help you rebuild stability and strength in your pelvic floor muscles. Exercises like Kegels, where you contract and relax your pelvic muscles, can rebuild weakened muscles and prevent a worsening of your symptoms.
The physical therapists also manually manipulate your muscles, stretching them to relieve pain and stimulate more blood flow to the area.
Many women experience an improvement in their sexual health and function as they progress through treatment. In addition to doing the exercises in-office with a trained physical therapist, you can also do the exercises at home to further enhance your sexual satisfaction and prevent a worsening of issues like urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
Another option for treating sexual dysfunction is SoLá pelvic therapy. This treatment is a noninvasive option that uses activating light energy to stimulate your body’s natural healing process at a cellular level.
Don’t be embarrassed to talk about sexual dysfunction with the qualified physical therapy team at Triggered Physical Therapy. Call to schedule an appointment or book online today.