I recently started pelvic floor therapy.
In a endo Facebook group I’m in, endo sisters were discussing how the therapy had worked really well for them following their laparoscopic excision surgery.
One day when I was having some horrible cramping right before having the Mirena inserted, I asked Dr. Guan (a Nook doctor) whether he thought I was a good candidate for pelvic floor therapy.
After a physical exam, he immediately said he thought it was a great idea. My pelvic floor muscles were too tense. It was nearly impossible to put anything near them. The idea of having anything near my vag just brought me to tears.
My first appointment with my physical therapist was like nothing I imagined. I guess I didn’t know heat to expect. I knew that she would do inner and outer therapy and that she would be nice and consent would be extremely important.
The first session was mostly getting to know each other. She learned as much as possible about me. She learned the most benign to the most intimate details about my day to day. I really trusted her and it was refreshing. I felt extremely comfortable with her.
Like I could tell her how many 💩💩 were had in a day and she could tell me whether that was weird or not. I mean she was the one doing therapy on my muscles and worked on my bowels.
I don’t think it’s like this with everyone or all therapists. I do think it’s important to build that trust though, because when you get to doing inner therapy you’re going to have to trust each other to make sure no lines are crossed. Because what’s happening is that a lot of those muscles are tense due to recent surgery, anxiety, stress and fear. All of that comes into play. Trust is important.
Eventually my therapist and moved on to the dilator program. Several different sized dilator meant to get meant to
I had never heard of pelvic floor dysfunction, never knew how involved those muscles down there were with everything; and how important they were to a healthy, digestive, urinary and reproductive system. Those muscles truly connect all those systems.
So of course, I was skeptical because I didn’t think having someone poking around down there would help me.
Those struggling with painful intercourse after surgery for endo or adenomyosis should consider therapy. It will help alleviate vaginismus.
PVT really helped and I would encourage anyone who’s just had surgery to try it.