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  • What about sex relieving pain?

    Hi, all.

    I was diagnosed back in October with IC. My symptom (yeah, only have the one so far) is pelvic pain. I've been seeing a physical therapist since November to help with this, and she's been amazing. Unless I'm on the first two days of my period, I'm generally able to function, albeit with less energy (damn muscle relaxers) and more pain than I had when I was "normal." I will occassionally have urgency, but generally no bladder pain, pain with urination, nocturia, or frequency. Lucky, I know. My pain is centered around my tailbone and my hips.

    Here's my question... the vast majority of people I see here experience pain with sex, or at least discomfort. My husband and I have only recently tried to get back to a more normal sex life- hard to be in the mood when you're hurting all the time! The last two times we've tried I've noticed that I don't hurt more during or after intercourse- I hurt less. Today, I have felt almost like my old self. I haven't needed to sit on my heating pad at all. Why could this be? My physical therapist and urologist have both said that my pelvic floor feels very good, with only a few tight spots. My PT is actually shocked that sex doesn't hurt.

    I don't really know what my question is here. Does anyone else experience this? Is this only because I'm so new to IC? Is this going to pass, and I'll soon be experiencing flares with sex? Sure hope not. Thanks.
    Symtoms started July 2010.
    Severe pelvic floor pain only.

    2 time PT graduate!
    In medical remission since August 2011; able to eat and drink anything I want currently.

    IC meds:
    200 mg Elmiron in the morning
    100 mg Elmiron @ night
    Macrobid after intercourse

    03/11 07/11 01/12
    If at first you don't succeed: 07/26/2013!

  • #2
    Everyone is diffrent. Could be teh PT for your PFD or the endorphins.

    21 year old female. Diagnosed as of November 2008 with onset of symptoms.

    I am currently diagnosed with IC, PFD, endometriosis, asthma, and vulvodynia/contact dermititis, IBS, and fibromyalgia.


    -Amitryptyline 10 mg

    -Neurontin (in place of lyrica because I can't afford it- lol) 300 mg x3 a day
    Flexeril. 10 mg. As needed.
    First laparoscopy showed moderate to severe endo


    • #3
      I am sure it is different for each person. Not everyone experiences the same pain areas, types, etc. For me, if I am not in a serious state of pain where I am sitting there trying not to scream while rocking back and forth...then likely 90% of the time sex can make matters so much better. It is great because it can relax things enough where I can relax and go to sleep much easier. However, that other 10% of the time - it can make things worse...much, MUCH worse.

      I am learning to be a better judge of those times. Also, my sweet husband is learning on how to help me feel better using sex as a pain reducing option. The relief from sex does not last long. When I wake up the next morning, it is back. If mid-day, then it is back within several hours but does not relieve things for the entire day.

      Hope this helps.

      “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” *~*Theodore Roosevelt

      Diagnosed IC 4-2009
      Diagnosed Fibromyalgia/CFS/Carpel Tunnel 6/2011
      Diagnosed Lupus 2/2012

      Current Meds
      Vesicare 10 MG 1 time per day
      Elmiron 100 MG 3 times a day
      Premarin Vaginal Cream
      Pyridium as needed
      Ultram 200mg/day
      Ultram 50mg tablets for breakthrough pain
      Gabapentin 300 mg 3 times a day
      Amitriptyline 50 mg at bedtime

      Additional Pain Management:
      Gangliar Impar Nerve Blocks (approx every 2-3 mths) - currently discontinued due to finances
      **Considering Interstim Implant this fall (2011)**