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Sex and Back Pain

Sex and Back Pain

Do you worry as you age that you will not be able to continue with sexual activity due to back pain or that it will make your pain even worse?

Back pain effects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, and is the leading cause of disability globally. Several studies have demonstrated that lower back pain leads both men and women to reduce the frequency of intercourse. Those with sexual problems related to chronic back pain often have degenerative disc disease or arthritis in the spine, but patients who are recovering from back surgery may also struggle. Sex has been known to offer help with chronic back pain relief, as well as alleviate migraine and menstrual cramps thanks to the endorphins and corticosteroids released during sexual arousal and orgasm.

People with chronic back pain should bring sexual problems into the open, with their partner and with an understanding doctor who can help. As studies have showed that there are several things that you can do to help alleviate back pain during sexual intercourse.

For instance, if you have muscle spasms you can take a hot shower before any sexual activity to help loosen up the muscles. Taking an over the counter pain reliever beforehand could also help aid in the prevention of back pain during intercourse. There are several options for positioning and which ones are best for what back ailment you have as well.

So if you suffer from a back ailment, rest assured that there is still hope for an active sex life after all. For more information on this subject and what positioning would be right for you and your partner, please see the links below.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/back-pain-and-sex

http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/low-back-pain-leading-cause-disability-worldwide/

https://medlineplus.gov/backpain.html

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