Pain Management and your Sex life: Can they coexist?
When you are living with chronic pain, your every day life will be impacted one way or the other. Your sex life is no exception. Nearly 50 million people in the United States alone are reported of suffering some sort of chronic pain, whether it’s from cancer treatment, muscular injuries or fibromyalgia, among the many different causes. Among this portion of the population a vast majority, 80% according to various studies, has encountered a considerable diminishment of their sex life.
Living with pain and dealing with the pain on a regular basis, beyond being a physical condition can also translate and affect the patient emotionally and physically. This also directly relates to our sexuality and how we engage our intimacy with our partners. The pain, somehow, takes control of the lives of the people who are suffering from it, and while they might or might not be physically able to “perform” and have sex, they might feel hindered or not “sexy”, or perhaps not capable of delivering.
The good news is, that you can turn things around. You can manage and relief chronic pain with certain alternative treatments, such as TENS therapy, Hot/Cold therapy and Chiropractic Care. These approaches will not only allow for you to regain control of your life, but also help you regain and start to enjoy a fulfilling sex life once again.
There are certain tips and advises that professionals and therapists have said that can help you to be able to continue to have a sex life while dealing with chronic pain.
1. Be very careful with taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory analgesics to relieve pain before making love, because if we mask the pain we can further harm the affected areas with positions that might be stressful or if the pace of the act might be too intense.
2. A hot shower can relax the muscles and relieve symptoms temporarily before making love.
3. Apply ice or a Cold pack to any sore areas after sex, so you can prevent or lower inflammation. It is recommended that you do not do so for more than 10 minutes and use a rag to prevent burns to the skin.
4. Sex may be a very physical activity, so it is recommended that you do some muscle stretching of the legs and back for 10 minutes before you begin.
5. Know when to stop: if you hurt it is better to rest for a while before continuing.
6. Despite how you might feel at first during sex, pain can come later, so it is advisable to not try to perform very intense activities during the act.
7. Change in the position. For example, people with herniated discs tend to have more pain when bending, which is why it is better to be lying face up, and if necessary, put a small pillow under the lumbar spine and the knees to remove the pressure on the back.
8. On the contrary, the people who suffer from osteoarthritis, or stenosis usually have less pain when bending forward.
9. Practicing Pilates can strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor and your lumbar.
10. The physical therapy, chiropractic, Pilates have help thousands of people with chronic pain every day, that's why it's very recommended look for the best specialist to help you solve the problem. They will be able to provide guidance so you can have a normal and healthy sex life. Don’t be shy!