VIDEO: Painful Postpartum Intercourse

Clinical Expertise

May 9, 2021

Medical Reviewer: Jaasha Pena, PT, DPT
Last Updated: June 21, 2021

Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Jaasha Pena and I’m a pelvic health therapist here at Brooks Rehabilitation.

Today I’d like to talk with you about painful intercourse, also known as dyspareunia. Research shows that up to 33% of postpartum women still have pain with intercourse three months after they have a baby, and I just wanna let you know that that’s not normal.

As pelvic health physical therapists, we help you retrain the muscles that participate in sexual function. A few ways we do that are one by using vaginal dilators. As you can see, they come in different sizes, they help to stretch and relax the tissues of your pelvic floor.

We may also use a pelvic wand. This is to pinpoint specific muscles and muscle that may be deeper into the vaginal canal.

We also use a computer visual feedback system that helps you learn how to use your muscles.

Again, pain with intercourse is not normal under any circumstance, and here at Brooks, we would love to help you live pain-free, thank you.

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Medical Reviewer

Jaasha Pena, PT, DPT

Pelvic Health Therapist
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