How do periods impact your treatment?
The short answer is yes, you can do pelvic floor therapy during your period.
Firstly, let’s be clear about what we are talking about when we say “pelvic floor therapy”. This can be anything from speaking to a pelvic floor physiotherapist and getting advice and information to being examined vaginally, doing pelvic floor exercises or using a gadget to help support your exercises.
Assuming that you are not experiencing significant pain during your period, then the type of therapy or intervention that you have will be down to you and your physiotherapist to discuss. Most women prefer not to have vaginal examinations or interventions if they are experiencing a heavy bleed. It can also make any objective markers or measurements less accurate and so your physiotherapist may prefer to wait for another day to perform some of the planned tests or treatments. However, if the bleeding is light to moderate then there is usually no issue. It is all down to your level of comfort!
It is really important to feel comfortable with your pelvic health physiotherapist and with any assessment or treatments that you undergo. It is understandable to feel a little awkward when discussing these issues but rest assured that your physiotherapist is not at all embarrassed and will do all that they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
You may wish to contact the clinician or clinic and ask before you attend, depending on what you are expecting to happen at your appointment. Please do not miss your appointment because of your period, though, unless your clinician suggests rearranging it.
It is completely safe to do your pelvic floor exercises during your period, at any stage. Wearing a tampon will not affect them either. Any home treatments that you are undertaking should be completely fine to do during your period, but do ask your pelvic health physiotherapist if you have any concerns.