Pelvic floor and vaginal pain after birth

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, explains the causes of vaginal or pelvic floor pain for women after giving birth and how physical therapy can help to get rid of the pain
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Pelvic floor and vaginal pain after birth

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A woman might have pain in the vaginal or rectal tissues postpartum, or even postmenopausal, or in pregnancy, for a variety of reasons. If their hormone levels are out of whack, not in balance, but there may -- and that is something to talk to your physician about, in terms of what can be done. Also, a physical therapist that is trained in pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation and women's health, can help to show a woman what they can do with their own soft tissues, to make them feel better. Those tissues can actually feel better, so they can have sexual relations; whether its with themselves or with their partner, and feel comfortable. They shouldn't have to feel pain. Sometimes pain will come when there is some kind of trauma during labor and delivery. It might be a fissure or a cut or something that is causing the irritation. Even hemorrhoids can cause tremendous pain and irritation. It could be genital irritation and tissue swelling. Again, a PT who is trained in pelvic floor rehab, can assess that for someone, as well as, there needs to be that open communication with the physician. You should not be having sexual relations and pain or feel pain at any time, sitting or with exercise. There is help.

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, explains the causes of vaginal or pelvic floor pain for women after giving birth and how physical therapy can help to get rid of the pain

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Deena Goodman, PT

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Deena Poll Goodman, PT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB is the Founder and Director of Goodman Physical Therapy, Inc in West Los Angeles, CA. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 22 years of experience specializing in urogynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, and pelvic health and wellness.  Goodman is one of the first in the nation to have received Board Certification as a Women's Health Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. She treats men and women in her private practice for pelvic and sexual pain issues, and has a passion for helping prenatal and postpartum women get their bodies back in shape. She is internationally recognized for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation, and developed and implemented many programs during the 12 years she was on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center including mom and baby exercise classes. 

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