Can pelvic floor muscle exercises cause pain?

Key issues around pelvic floor muscle exercises

There are times when pelvic floor muscles exercises can hurt.

This is when they might cause or aggravate symptoms, such as pelvic or vaginal pain or bladder and bowel symptoms. This is usually because the muscles are overworking and not “letting go” sufficiently. If this is the case, it is important to ensure that you fully relax the muscles between each squeeze.

Sometimes, stretches such as the “happy baby” or “modified child’s pose” may help. Sometimes doing less pelvic floor exercises, or stopping for a few days, may be what is needed. Also, make sure you don’t do too many pelvic floor exercises too!

If you have pelvic floor symptoms that continue after trying these steps, then do see a pelvic health physiotherapist for an assessment.

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