Physical Therapy for Dyspareunia & Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome

By MarieNelson on July 31st, 2020

A retrospective study evaluated the effectiveness of physical therapy in relieving painful intercourse and improving sexual function in women diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis. Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome is a frequent cause of premenopausal dyspareunia and is characterized by a sharp, burning pain located within and limited to the vaginal entry (vulvar vestibule). Pain is caused primarily by pressure applied to the area.

The study participants were 35 women with vulvar vestibulitis who took part in pelvic floor physical therapy treatment for an average of 7 sessions. The study conducted telephone interviews to assess whether physical therapy reduced pain during intercourse and increased sexual functioning. Follow up interviews were completed after an average of 16 months had passed since physical therapy treatments. Physical therapy yielded a complete or great improvement for 51.4% of participants and a moderate improvement for 20.0% of participants.

Pelvic floor physical therapy treatment resulted in a significant decrease in pain during intercourse and gynecological examinations and resulted in a significant increase in intercourse frequency and levels of sexual desire and arousal.

These findings demonstrate that physical therapy is a promising treatment modality for dyspareunia associated with vulvar vestibulitis. With a very promising success rate, Western Berks Physical Therapy offers a number of pelvic floor dysfunction treatment options which can be covered under most insurances. From dyspareunia to incontinence to pain during or after pregnancy, we utilize advanced, non-invasive pelvic floor therapy techniques to treat a variety of conditions in male and female patients of all ages, including children.

Our highly trained, compassionate and caring staff are here for you! We have immediate appointments available for pelvic floor patients. Schedule your appointment here.