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Your Sex Life After Prolapse

A pelvic prolapse can really knock your self-esteem and leave you feeling uncomfortable in your body. If you’re in a romantic relationship, you may have some specific concerns about whether you can continue to have a sex life that is satisfying for both you and your partner. This guide will answer your questions with up-to-date medical information, as well as giving you some tips on how to regain your confidence in the bedroom. As specialists in pelvic health, we at Kegel8 understand what you’re going through and are here to help you feel like yourself again.

Worries You Might Have

Could having sex make my prolapse worse?

Definitely not! As you know, having a prolapse means that your vaginal walls or cervix have bulged or dropped downwards. Intercourse involves something being pushed into the vagina – the opposite of a prolapse. There is no risk of your prolapse being pulled out further by sex, so you don’t need to worry about your health being damaged – if anything, having fulfilling sex on a regular basis will vastly improve your quality of life! If you still feel concerned, your doctor will be able to reassure you that this is the case.

Will it feel the same for my partner?

It is very difficult for anyone who’s not a gynaecologist to see or feel a prolapse. You may feel like it’s the most prominent part of your body because you are so focused on it at the moment, but rest assured that your partner will be far more interested in the rest of your body. Intercourse will not feel different for your partner when you have a prolapse but to ease yourself back into things you could try starting with the missionary position, as your prolapse will retract when you are lying on your back. The position you have sex in doesn’t affect how things feel for your partner (other than in ways unrelated to the prolapse!) but starting with a position where you are on your back will reassure you that it feels just the same and help you feel ready to mix things up if you want to!

Will it feel the same for me?

You may find that you feel some discomfort during sex, depending on how severe your prolapse is. Experimenting with different positions can help with this as well; a good one to ease discomfort is to lie on your side with your partner behind you – this means that the penis will not penetrate as deeply. Try to keep your pelvic muscles relaxed during intercourse, as if they are really tightened up this can also cause things to feel uncomfortable.

If you are one of the many women who can only orgasm from clitoral stimulation, be assured that a prolapse does not affect the nerve endings in your clitoris. These nerve endings are also responsible for vaginal orgasms, so you will still be able to achieve orgasm in whichever way you did before. You can feel free to enjoy oral sex without worrying about your partner being able to see your prolapse. When you are lying on your back, the part of the prolapse that is sometimes visible is pushed back by gravity – this is why it can sometimes be hard for your doctor to find if you are lying down. The nervousness you are feeling around sex at the moment may make it difficult for you to come as easily as before at first, but this will return in time as you feel more relaxed and comfortable with yourself.

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Tips For Great Sex

Regular Pelvic Floor Exercise WIll Help

If you’re on this site you probably already know about the ways in which pelvic floor exercises are fantastic for reducing your prolapse symptoms, as they strengthen the muscles inside you and encourage the prolapse to sit higher up. But did you know that kegels also improve your ability to become aroused and orgasm? This is because the same muscles that hold your pelvic floor up are also responsible for the amount of sexual sensation you can feel. By using a pelvic toner like the ones in the Kegel8 range, you can make sure that you are doing your kegels as effectively as possible. Manual pelvic floor exercises typically work just 40% of your pelvic muscles, whereas the Kegel8 reaches 90% of them. It’s not just you that can benefit sexually from pelvic floor exercise – men can do them too! Kegels have been shown to be effective in treating erectile dysfunction, increasing the ability to maintain an erection as they prevent blood escaping from the penis.

Choose Your Lube Wisely

Prolapse can cause your vaginal walls to become thinner – it’s important to use plenty of lubrication during penetration to ensure that your internal tissues are protected. A good choice would be an organic, water-based lubricant such as those stocked by our friends at StressNoMore. This type of lubricant is great if you are sensitive down there as some additives in non-organic lube can irritate the vaginal lining. Water-based lubes are safer as they have been shown to be more resistant to bacteria and less likely to cause pain during sex, with the added benefit that they are safe to use with condoms.

Try To Relax

I know that this is easier said than done, but the key to a great sex life in any situation is to relax and allow yourself to enjoy the moment. Remember what you have learnt from this guide – there is no risk of sex making things worse, your body will feel the same as before to your partner, and both they and you are still as capable of achieving orgasm. Try to keep communicating with your partner about how you’re feeling; this is a really important part of any sexual relationship, but is particularly vital if you are having concerns. Sex should be a positive and fun experience for everyone involved; take your time and try to appreciate all the joyful things that are part of being intimate with someone.