Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 | Last Update : 03:17 AM IST
According to researchers, stress can lead women to painful condition called dyspareunia, or pain during sex.
Stress has become a constant in modern life and it seems that it is taking a toll on women and their sex lives.
It turns out that stress can actually impact a woman in her abdominal region.
Studies show that it causes a woman’s pelvic floor muscles to knot up and spasm.
This, over time, can lead to a painful condition called dyspareunia, or pain during sex.
When the pelvic muscle tightens up, they cause the vagina to involuntarily tighten as well. This in turn makes sex extremely uncomfortable for women.
However, as disastrous it may sound, there is a solution.
More women are turning to physiotherapy to combat the issue.
It turns out that physiotherapy can help retrain pelvic floor muscles, encouraging them to relax instead of tightening up during sex.
Speaking to Sun Online, Katie Mann, a chartered physiotherapist said, vaginismus is a problem where the pelvic floor muscles go into involuntary spasm, and the patient is not necessarily aware that they have gone into spasm because it has become their new norm.
She went on to add that it can be caused by a physical trauma to the vagina, like childbirth, or a bad experience in the bedroom.
Even using tampons or a visit to the gynecologist can leave sufferers in agony.
The condition often completely disrupts a woman’s sex life and may cause her to lose confidence between the sheets. It may even prevent her from getting pregnant.
However, dilators can be used to desensitize the muscles — almost like a reset button for the vagina and relaxation techniques are also used to help patients break the pain cycle that causes their muscles to spasm.
Some women even get Botox done to to weaken the muscle spasms that are causing the vaginismus.