- Relief from Painful Sex
Relief from Painful Sex
Whether you’re struggling to have penetrative sex with a partner or you’re too nervous to even try, you’ve come to the right place. Treating painful sex isn’t just about pleasure (though that’s a worthwhile goal), it’s also likely to improve your mental health — sexual dysfunction is associated with both depression and anxiety.
You might worry that treatment will be awkward, but we’re experts in making you comfortable. Our PTs have helped hundreds of patients address pain and significantly improve their sex lives.
Taking care of yourself shouldn’t break the bank. We’re in-network with most insurance plans. You are only responsible for your copay, coinsurance or deductible. Our client experience team will help you understand what you will pay before your appointment, so there are no surprise medical bills.
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Your PT will take the time to learn about your pain and whether it might be associated with an event (childbirth, menopause, trauma) or due to a hyperactive pelvic floor. They’ll also want to hear your goals and concerns. There’s no such thing as TMI!
Your treatment plan will be personalized to your symptoms, circumstances, and goals. It may include:
Origin PTs provide trauma-informed care — you can expect compassion and unwavering support at every step of your journey. On average, treatment requires 20 weekly visits.
Vaginismus is the inability to penetrate the vagina due to pain and tissue overactivity — even using a tampon can be unbearable. Primary vaginismus is when the pain has always been present, while secondary vaginismus develops later from a specific event like trauma, infection, or menopause.
The pelvic floor consists of three layers, the superficial, the middle, and the deep layer. The muscles sit in the base of the pelvic floor and encircle the vaginal opening. Spasms or dysfunction in one or more of the pelvic floor muscle layers can decrease the size of the vaginal opening so that it makes vaginal penetration painful and/or impossible.
Vaginismus does not always have a direct cause. However, it can be related to a history of sexual trauma or abuse, other pelvic traumas (e.g., car accident, sports accident), or a multitude of emotional and stress related factors. Other pelvic floor muscle disorders like endometriosis can also result in vaginismus.
Inadequate lubrication is yet another cause of vaginismus and can occur with breastfeeding, oral contraception use, and menopause due to lowered estrogen levels. With aging, lack of sexual activity can result in a loss of muscle flexibility that can make penetration painful.
Because the pelvic floor may have been in spasm for years, it can take some time to downtrain and lengthen the pelvic floor. Every patient truly is different, but a typical course of treatment consists of 20 weekly visits.
Taking care of yourself shouldn’t break the bank.
We’re in-network with most insurance plans.
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