Dyspareunia is a fancy name for ‘it hurts when I have sex’, and it can happen to women AND men. The reasons why it may hurt to have sex can vary, and are often multi-faceted, with many different diagnoses given to someone complaining of pain with intercourse: Vulvodynia, pelvic pain, vaginismus, and the list goes on. But the simple fact is that sex hurts, no matter what label. There is likely a combination of psychological and physical factors contributing to the pain or difficulty having sex. Tight muscles, fear, a bad experience, childhood beliefs, and childbirth (even if you had a C-section!) are just a few of the reasons sex may be uncomfortable, or painful, or not even possible.
The good news is that Physical Therapy can help a person learn why they are hurting, and come up with a plan on how to address the pain. We are confident that we can help you to restore normal muscle function. We will help you to learn how to first identify and then relax and retrain any muscles or groups of muscles that are short, tight, in spasm or otherwise not behaving nicely.
We realize this is a difficult topic. We understand that it may be challenging for you to feel excited about coming to a PT clinic to discuss pain with sex. This is EXACTLY why we opened Entropy Physiotherapy. We want this to be as easy as possible so that you can reclaim a very important part of your life, - your sexual identity.
Despite the ability to make changes and recover, it may be that your insurance company won’t cover therapy for dyspareunia. Most insurance companies define dyspareunia as ‘psychogenic’, and will not pay for physical therapy. However, at Entropy Physiotherapy we offer reasonable rates and scheduling that fits your needs.
Despite the fact insurance may deny coverage, it is in your best interest to explore what Physical Therapy can do for you. You are not stuck with this.
Entropy Physiotherapy is here for you. Give us a call and we can answer any questions, or even better - schedule with Sandy or Sarah and get started now.