Prolapse and Sex Physiotherapy Help for Women
Prolapse and sex often causes women to feel embarrassed and needlessly self conscious. Prolapse can be especially challenging for a woman’s confidence with intimacy, especially when entering a new relationship. This professional information is designed to help women with pelvic prolapse understand the facts associated with prolapse and sex, along with tips to improve prolapse support and intimacy with a prolapse.
Read on now to learn these real facts about prolapse and sex concerns:
- Will your partner notice your prolapse?
- How to improve sex and prolapse?
- Will sex make your prolapse worse?
- Will prolapse affect your sex life?
Will Your Partner Notice?
Your partner is highly unlikely to notice your prolapse if it is mild to moderately severe. Men are mostly unaware of the presence of a vaginal prolapse during sex. In fact it takes many months if not years to be able to diagnose a prolapse with careful examination when you are actually looking for one. So unless your partner is a gynaecologist, you can rest assured that he will usually not feel or see your prolapse.
How to Improve Sex With a Prolapse
Use good quality lubricant
Prolapse is associated with thinning of the vaginal walls. Ensuring that you are well lubricated will help to protect your internal tissues during intercourse.
Perform regular pelvic floor exercises
Regular pelvic floor exercises can help a woman’s sexual arousal and ability to achieve orgasm. Pelvic floor exercises (kegel exercises) will also help to improve the pelvic floor muscle support for prolapsed tissues and can help to reduce prolapse symptoms and encourage the prolapse to sit higher within the pelvis
Pelvic floor exercises for men can also improve sex by increasing their ability to maintain an erection by preventing blood escaping from the erect penis. In fact pelvic floor exercises have been shown to be an effective method for treating erectile dysfunction in men (Dorey, 2005). So both women and men can benefit from regular pelvic floor exercises when it comes to sexual satisfaction.
Relax with prolapse and sex
If you have a vaginal prolapse try to remain confident in the knowledge that many women lead happy sex lives without giving their prolapse and sex a second thought. Remember that your partner is most unlikely to notice your prolapse during sex. If your prolapse is mild to moderate it should not affect either yours or your partner’s sexual satisfaction. If you can remind yourself of these things you may be able to relax with intercourseso that you and your partner can better enjoy the moment.
Can Sex Make a Prolapse Worse?
No, penetrative vaginal intercourse is most unlikely to worsen a vaginal prolapse. Having a prolapse means the walls of your vagina are bulging down or your cervix has dropped down within your vagina. Sexual intercourse does not pull or draw a vaginal prolapse down any further, in fact quite the opposite. Many women can carry on with their sex lives most happily despite having a mild or moderate vaginal prolapse. Sex will not make a prolapse worse. Discuss this issue with your doctor should you have any specific safety concerns with prolapse and sex.
Will Prolapse Affect Your Sex Life?
Your prolapse should not affect your partner’s level of physical stimulation. Men and women are aroused by stimuli which may be mental or physical. The actual physical stimulation from touching body parts causes sensitive nerves to release chemicals that are pleasurable. A vaginal prolapse rarely affects the sensation a man receives during intercourse. For the women, a prolapse does not affect her pleasure sensitive clitoral nerve endings either. Your partner is most likely to be unaware of a mild to moderate prolapse during intercourse.
Some women may find their prolapse causes some discomfort with intercourse, and this can vary according to the type of prolapse and the prolapse severity. Sometimes discomfort with intercourse can be improved with pelvic floor relaxation and trying an alternative position such as sidelying with the woman’s back facing her partner to reduce the depth of penetration.
Prolapse and sex has been written to help women understand the effect of prolapse on sex by providing accurate facts. These tips are designed to assist women with mild to moderate vaginal prolapse enjoy and improve their sex lives.
About the author: ‘Prolapse and Sex’ is by Michelle Kenway, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist and author of Inside Out – the essential women’s guide to pelvic support.
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