Pelvic floor muscles are well known for their laziness. They think they’ve done their job after carrying a baby for nine months and pushing it out. Afterwards, they kick back and relax. A common problem.
But what about those pelvic floor muscles that are super up tight? Those highly strung pelvic floor muscles that have no idea how to relax. You've heard about the importance of taking your lazy pelvic floor to the gym. Doing the 'squeeze and lift' class. After I had my second child, my pelvic floor resembled a damp wash cloth, wrung out. My mother told me, at every red light, hold tight. Until green, that’s the routine. Believe it or not. It worked. I have a strong pelvic floor now.
The overprotective pelvic floor thinks she's in charge. So how do you get your stressed-out pelvic floor to relax? Vaginismus refers to pelvic floor muscles that become extremely tense. This can be in response to a physical or traumatic experience. Muscle tightness can be felt deep inside the vagina. While penetration is possible, the experience is painful. Pain may radiate to other areas such as the lower abdomen or the buttocks. This creates more stress and a vicious cycle for muscle anxiety.
So, what can you do?
Down-training exercises. Sounds good! This is also known as reverse Kegels. Using breath and mindfulness. To retrain your pelvic floor to relax to its normal resting state. So, kind of like meditation for your vagina. Remember this is about relaxing, so relax!
Do you experience any pain during sex? See a physiotherapist to have an individual assessment of your pelvic floor muscles. It will help to address pelvic floor overactivity, and any issues with pain or discomfort.
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Your friendly Naturopath