Pain in the WHAT? Shhhhhh…down there…
It’s time to get rid of the stigma of talking about pelvic pain. Far too often people live in silent misery because they feel misunderstood or embarrassed by talking to a health care professional, or even a trusted friend or family member.
What is pelvic pain? Although it sounds self-explanatory, many people don’t understand that the pelvis is the lower part of the torso. It’s located between the abdomen and the legs. This area provides support for the intestines and contains the bladder, reproductive organs as well many pelvic floor muscles and fascia.
Pain can feel like a burning sensation during urination, sex and/or ejaculation. It can be painful to sit or lay down a certain way. A woman can experience swelling and pain at various points of the vagina, and the list of issues continues.
What are the benefits of discussing pelvic pain with your “people”?
You might not realize your friend might be going through some pelvic issues as well and didn’t know who to talk to about this, or they may know someone who is also suffering.
Increases awareness of these issues then gets more attention which means better care from your providers and when you ask about these pelvic issues i.e.:
- leaking urine
- feeling a heaviness in the pelvis
- having pain with intercourse
- having burning pain vaginally
Healthcare professionals will have more resources to help you out – instead of one solution or submitting to test after test just to find out that there’s nothing “wrong” with you.
Having an unconditional support system when you aren’t feeling your best. You may need them to understand that for a time – you are not withdrawing but practicing self-care.
If your family and friends know that you are dealing with these issues, they may be more apt to offer help or say YES when you need help with otherwise normal tasks or errands. It’s OK to ask for help.
Our hope is that you come to know that you are not alone and that there are people willing to help you, including us. As Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists – we specialize in treating our patients in a variety of ways which involves an individualized plan to help our patients resume normal activities and life.
If you are suffering from pelvic pain or know someone who might be, please contact our Scottsdale office HERE with any questions you have about this or your overall pelvic health.