You wince in pain as the spasm takes hold of your pelvis. Relax, it's almost over, and you can breathe again. Spasms are sore, regardless of where they occur on your body. However, when you start getting contractions in your vagina, it can lead to debilitating pain that leaves you bent over and wishing it would end.
Vaginal spasms vary in intensity from person-to-person. As we know, as spasm can start in a muscle like your trapezius, and then spread into your neck as it causes issues with supporting muscle groups. It's the same thing with your vagina. Spasms in the vaginal walls can spread throughout the pelvis, causing problems with other muscles and ligaments.
Spasms can result in the onset of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and genital pain. It's impossible to stop these spasms once they start, as it's going to take your body longer to absorb the medication in a pill than the duration of the contraction.
Vaginal spasms can ruin your intimate health and wellness, causing you to shy away from sex with your partner. As a result, they may think you are pulling away from them, and it could result in a breakup of your relationship.
What are Pelvic Spasms and How Do They Feel?
When the vaginal walls and the pelvic muscles start to experience a spasm, they tighten and feel like stretched rubber bands. As a result, after the contraction, the muscles begin to form knots, causing more problems further down the road. It's the same with your vagina.
Your vagina and pelvic floor experience the same issue of developing knots, and it's hard to work them out. Locating the trigger points on your muscles helps you to work the stress out of the area. However, how do you work out knots in your pelvic area?
Muscle spasms in private area display the following symptoms.
- Pressure or pain in the rectum or vagina
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Pain when urinating
- Bowel dysfunction
- Your pelvis has a "heavy" feeling
Those women experiencing vaginal and pelvic spasms might also notice that they start to develop the symptoms of painful sex, otherwise known as dyspareunia. This situation can further damage your intimate wellness, driving you and your partner apart.
What are the Causes of Pelvic Muscle Spasms?
Typically, the cause of a pelvic or vaginal spasm is a weakened pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a network of muscles and ligaments that keep your uterus and bladder in position. There are several reasons why you might be dealing with a weakened pelvic floor.
- Natural childbirth tears apart the vaginal muscles and wrecks the pelvic ligaments
- Doctors cut through the pelvic muscles during a C-section birth
- Lifting heavy objects can tear the pelvic muscles
- Constipation causes straining that leads to pelvic and rectal spasms
- Obese individuals experience atrophy of the pelvic floor due to inactivity
- Connective tissue disorders may also ruin the ligaments in your pelvic floor
The pain from a spasm can last several hours, or it might go away in a few minutes -each case is different.
However, if you find that the duration and intensity of your spasms are increasing, it could be a sign that there is a severe problem going on with your pelvis. If that's the case for you, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible.
How Can You Relax the Pelvic Floor Muscles?
To regain control of your pelvic floor and stop the spasms, you must exercise and strengthen the pelvic floor.
Some of the effective treatments for relaxing and strengthening this group of muscles includes posture correction, myofascial release, Kegels, and stretching of the pelvic floor muscles.
However, many people find it hard to concentrate when exercising the pelvic floor. To get the most out of your pelvic floor workouts, you need to create a "mind-muscle connection." This connection helps you visualize the movement, allowing your body to connect with your mind.
Breathing is a great way to focus on your pelvic floor training, and it's also a great way to reduce the intensity of your spasms.
Try the following breathing technique the next time you have a spasm or decided to work out the pelvic floor muscles.
- Lie down on your back and bend your knees
- Touch the soles of your feet together if you can while lying down
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath
- Relax your pelvic floor by pushing your breath don towards your navel and imagine it entering your pelvis
- Repeat the process, make sure you're using deep, circular breaths – no pausing in between breaths
Give this system a try next time you feel a spasm coming.