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Pudendal Nerve

What is the Pudendal Nerve?

The pudendal nerve provides the majority sensations and functions of the external genitals, the urethra, the anus, and perineum in both men and women. The pudendal nerve also controls the external anal sphincter and the sphincter muscles of the bladder. It originates in the sacral region of the spinal cord, and travels in the S2-S4 nerves of the sacral plexus.

Pudendal Nerve Problems

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Pudendal neuralgia (PN) and Pudendal nerve entrapment (PNE) is pain in one or more of the areas innervated by the pudendal nerve or one of its branches. Symptoms can include pelvic pain including burning, numbness, increased sensitivity, electric shock/stabbing pain, sharp or aching pain, feeling of a lump or foreign body in the vagina or rectum, twisting or pinching, abnormal temperature sensations, hot poker sensation, constipation, pain and straining with bowel movements, straining or burning when urinating, painful intercourse, and sexual dysfunction – persistent genital arousal disorder or loss of sensation.

It is not uncommon for PN to be accompanied by musculoskeletal pain in other parts of the pelvis such as the sacroiliac joint, piriformis muscle, or coccyx. It is usually very difficult to distinguish between PN and pelvic floor dysfunction because they are frequently seen together.*

Can Kegel8 Help?

Great news for Kegel8 Electronic Pelvic Toner users and sufferers of Pudendal Nerve Entrapment and Pudendal Neuralgia. The Kegel8 Ultra Pelvic Floor toner can help with pelvic pain, and can also stimulate the S2-S4 nerves of the sacral plexus using skin electrodes.

As always, Kegel8 is here to help you, call our helpline for more information.

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