The Case of Female Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

The Case of Female Pelvic Pain, Painful Sex

This week’s post is a case study of a female pelvic pain patient.

Before I get into the specifics of the case, let’s first take a look at female pelvic pain by the numbers:

10% of all visits to gynecologists are due to chronic pelvic pain.

25% of women will experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in their lives.

60% of sexually active women will suffer from painful sex at some point in their lives.

The good news is that physicians and patients have become more aware of the important role that PT plays in the diagnosis and treatment of female pelvic pain.

Now, let’s focus in on one woman’s experience with pelvic pain, sexual pain and pelvic floor PT.

Patient History

About nine months before her appointment, Meghan, a 30-year-old female, had been diagnosed with a bacterial vaginosis, or BV, infection. (BV is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing age.) Her Ob/Gyn gave her a prescription for oral antibiotics to treat the infection.

The antibiotics were successful in clearing up the infection, however...

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