Pelvic Floor Pain - What Does It Mean?

Pelvic Floor Pain Causes

There are several types of conditions that can cause pelvic floor pain; chronic pelvic pain can occur if you have the following conditions:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Adenomyosis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Mittelschmerz
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Vulvodynia

In this guide we are going to be focusing specifically on pelvic floor pain that is caused by pelvic floor dysfunction.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic floor dysfunction is the inability to correctly relax and coordinate your pelvic floor muscles. As a result of this, you may experience constipation, urinary incontinence, the need to strain when pooping and having to urinate very frequently.

What Does Pelvic Floor Pain Feel Like?

Pelvic floor pain caused by pelvic floor dysfunction can feel like you have an ongoing cramp in your pelvic area. It can be a sharp or stabbing pain and shoot up the vagina or rectum - you may also experience pain during sex or when using tampons.

The pain may also be felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, vagina, external vaginal area, rectum or bladder. This pain may be present constantly, on and off, or be more prominent after doing certain activities such as exercise, sitting down for long amounts of time or having sex.

Some people describe the pain as being achy, heavy or burning in nature.

What are the Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Pain?

If you are dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Needing to use the restroom frequently. You may also feel like you need to ‘force it out’ in order to start the pee stream, or you may even stop and start many times.
  • Constipation, or a painful, straining sensation during bowel movements.
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Experiencing pain when peeing
  • Feeling unexplained pain in your lower back
  • Feeling ongoing pain in your pelvic region, genitals or rectum — with or without a bowel movement

    Pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms (such as an overactive bladder) will often remain the same or become worse if they’re not treated. Instead of living with pain and discomfort, you should take back control of your body and treat your symptoms.

    How to Treat Pelvic Floor Pain Associated with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

    There are a variety of different ways that women can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles which in turn helps to alleviate the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. These are:

    Manual Kegels

    Performing Kegels manually can be effective if you do them properly and stick at it over a long period of time. However, this is a long process and takes a lot of dedication and nearly 50% of women are unable to contract their pelvic floor on their own. This is where an FDA-cleared technology, like INNOVO can help.

    Invasive solutions

    Invasive solutions such as biofeedback devices can be effective with helping you learn to relax your muscles, but need to be inserted into the vagina, which can feel intrusive and uncomfortable. And in some cases, cause infection.

    Non-invasive solutions

    Non-invasive Kegel exercisers like INNOVO do not require any insertion into the vagina and are one of the safest and easiest ways to ensure your Kegel exercises are performed correctly and with no discomfort. To date, INNOVO has delivered more than 4.5 million safe and successful therapy sessions worldwide.

    How to Treat Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Painlessly

    Invasive solutions can be uncomfortable and quite possibly lead to infection and surgery is an extreme measure. Therefore, an optimal solution for women may be INNOVO - a non-invasive pelvic floor exerciser that does your pelvic floor exercises for you - perfectly.

    INNOVO believes the best (and quickest) way to ensure you are doing your pelvic floor exercises properly so that you can enjoy great results, is to have them done for you! INNOVO delivers 180 perfect Kegels per 30 minute session, so you don’t have to worry about whether you’re doing them correctly. And this all can happen from the comfort of your own home, while you sit back and relax. No more doctor visits, no more probes to insert and no prescription required.

    Using INNOVO for just 30 minutes a day/five days a week over 12 weeks has been proven to safely eliminate bladder leaks - delivering results in as little as 4 weeks.

    INNOVO is FDA cleared for the treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence in women, and is the first 100% non-invasive solution that is clinically proven to treat the root cause of incontinence. Best of all? It actually works!