Understanding what is normal during sex and what is unusual can be challenging. After all, sex is a very private experience and differs for every person. Generally speaking, there is no reason for your bladder to empty during sex or for you to feel extreme discomfort or experience pain during sex.
As you can guess, the health of your bladder can directly affect your sex life.
Two common reasons individuals experience pain or discomfort with their bladder during or after sex are: bladder pain syndrome and stress urinary incontinence.
Interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS)
Bladder pain syndrome is the continual sensation of pressure or pain on the bladder. This syndrome typically affects women and leaves individuals feeling as if they have to urinate when they don’t have any urine to pass.
Consider making dietary changes and practicing bladder retraining so your bladder begins to hold more urine before experiencing the urge to go.
Relax before engaging in sex to ensure as little stress as possible. Stress can cause flare-ups and trigger discomfort.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence or SUI occurs because of weak pelvic floor muscles and/or a deficient urethral sphincter. This weakness can cause the bladder to leak during exercise, coughing, sneezing, laughing, or any body movement that puts pressure on the bladder. If sex is particular jarring, SUI can be affected.
Consider exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor and limit caffeine intake. Always empty your bladder before sex.
We hope this peek into how your bladder health can impact sex was helpful. If you have experienced any of the symptoms noted above and haven’t talked to your doctor, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Additionally, we feel it’s important to share your health with your partner if you continue to have sex while experiencing some of these bladder health concerns.
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