Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Vulvodynia and Vestibulodynia are associated with changes to the pelvic floor muscles. Vestibulodynia is associated with increased pelvic floor tone, instability of the pelvic floor muscles, poor control over the pelvic floor muscles and vaginismus. Women suffering from vaginismus will benefit greatly from treatment with vaginal inserts. While some women may be able to address their vaginsimus without additional help many more women will benefit from seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Pelvic floor physiotherapy with or without biofeedback can be very helpful. Studies have documented that biofeedback alone can be effective in reducing sexual pain. Patients with “Burning Vulva Syndrome” may benefit from using a TENS machine.
How to find a physiotherapist in your area? Look at “Find a physio” at the Physiotherapy Association of BC. Enter “vaginal pain” under area of expertise. It is best to call the physiotherapist and enquire as to whether or not they are familiar with this condition and offer appropriate therapy.