Millions of women are injured during childbirth. You are not alone – and there may be a solution.
While the joys of motherhood can be great, it is not uncommon for women to sustain pelvic injuries, resulting in pelvic adhesions, during childbirth. Unfortunately, while the body generally heals, effects of these injuries can sometimes be felt for years postpartum, affecting the quality and comfort of a woman’s life.
A study in the journal PLOS ONE reported that a staggering 49% of women studied suffered incontinence or pain a full year postpartum. Another study, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, reported that many women have pain with sex 18 months after delivery. Some mothers report moderate to severe pain, burning or stinging with simple day-to-day tasks; others experience changes in appearance of the genitals. Any of the above symptoms indicate that the muscles, nerves or connective tissues at the reproductive organs have been injured and that adhesions have likely formed.
Adhesions are internal scars that form in the soft tissues as the body heals from a surgery, infection or trauma. That also includes trauma to the pelvis caused by childbirth. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of adhesions.
How can these problems be treated?
While pain relieving medications can deaden all feeling in the area and desensitizing gels can numb the area, these solutions are not what many women (or their partners) want. Physicians generally suggest avoiding surgery to treat adhesions whenever possible, due to the re-occurrence of adhesions — sometimes worse than before — as the body heals from surgery. Many of our patients have found that a non-surgical physical therapy involving specially-developed massage techniques can deform or detach adhesions. In doing so, it frees nerves and organs from the adhesive bonds that formed after childbirth, increasing function and decreasing or eliminating pain. The Clear Passage Approach® and Wurn Technique® are unique in this regard.
How do I know if this treatment is for me?
If you (or someone you know) have experienced any of the following, this treatment may be appropriate for you.
Childbirth-related causes of adhesions
- C-Section – This common surgery to remove the baby from the womb cuts through a number of layers, from your skin to the deepest part of your reproductive structures. In most cases, the body heals and the pain from the surgery subsides in a few weeks. But in some cases, the adhesions attach to pain-sensitive areas, causing pain with intercourse, sitting, walking or certain movements.
- Episiotomy or perineum tear – Occurring during some vaginal births, symptoms of tearing can range from unnoticeable to extremely painful. Healing from the tissue damage creates scar tissue that can cause vaginal burning or stinging for some women and a deeper pain for others.
- Trauma to the tailbone (coccyx) – Whether pushed out of normal alignment by childbirth or a fall, or pulled out of alignment by surgery, infection or endometriosis, a forward-flexed tailbone can cause a variety of symptoms. These include pain with deep penetration – feeling like your partner is hitting something during intercourse. Adhesions can hold the tailbone forward, causing deep penetration pain, constipation (as it ‘closes the door’ during bowel movements), and even headaches.
What if my symptoms are not that extreme?
Even minor pain or symptoms may be telling of larger underlying problems and should be examined. Small aches and pains that persist or recur have potential to grow or cause more serious complications later in life. Unfortunately, legitimate symptoms or pain are sometimes ignored due to the aura of taboo that tends to surround discussion of gynecologic health. A patient may feel awkward discussing something as personal as intercourse pain or feel ashamed that they couldn’t “bounce right back” after giving birth the way a friend or relative might have.
If you or a woman you know have experienced prolonged pain as a direct effect of a childbirth injury, know that you are not alone and do not need to accept that long-term discomfort is normal. There is an explanation for all pain. It is important to find a diagnosis – the root cause of your symptoms. When you do, you may find that a natural, non-invasive treatment is an appropriate solution.
How do I learn more?
Clear Passage has helped many patients overcome ongoing pain or dysfunction caused by scar tissue or adhesions. Our therapists use the Clear Passage Approach and Wurn Technique, applying pressure and shearing to detach the crosslinks that adhesions are made of. We invite you to schedule a phone consult with one of our certified therapists, at no cost to you, and learn if our treatment is a fit for your needs and goals. Contact us via this online form or by calling 1-352-336-1433.