I had a patient ask recently about the use of valium suppositories for pelvic pain due to tight muscles. Specifically they were concerned about whether or not the medication would be felt in the rest of the body.
In a previous article, I discussed some of the many possible causes of female sexual pain. In this follow-up I will discuss how physical therapy can address some sources of pain with sex, give guidance on how to find a therapist, and offer tips to consider when engaging in this specialized type of physical therapy.
The Mayo Clinic terms pain associated with sexual stimulation or vaginal contact as “sexual pain disorder,” and categorizes this as a type of female sexual dysfunction. More commonly we speak of “dyspareunia” to refer to pain with sex. It can present in a number of different ways; it may be internal or external, it may or may not prevent orgasm, and it may even occur after sexual activity.