For some people, sexual intercourse is an uncomfortable and unenjoyable experience, which is often diagnosed as sexual dysfunction. While it's well known that there are a number of conditions that can lead to sexual dysfunction, what is less known is the fact that physical therapy can help. If you are in a battle with sexual dysfunction, learn how physical therapy can offer you some relief. 


Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the lining of the uterus and vagina are thickened. The thickening of the lining generally leads to severe chronic pain, which is sometimes experienced nonstop. The pain is especially severe during intercourse, as the thrusting motion often irritates the lining and intensifies the level of discomfort the individual experiences. 

Physical therapy is not a cure for endometriosis, as more aggressive treatments are typically necessary to resolve the matter. However, for individuals who are not candidates for surgery or who would prefer a less-aggressive option for treatment, this form of therapy can help ease the discomfort experienced. 

Pelvic Floor Tightening

The pelvic floor represents a collection of muscles that provides support to the pelvic organs, including the bladder and uterus. When these muscles tighten, it can create a sense of urgency and fullness in the bladder, as well as the uterus. 

During intercourse, these intense feelings can make the process uncomfortable. Physical therapy involves a series of exercises that help to relax and release these muscles to eliminate this discomfort, ease the level of pressure in the region, remove the sense of bladder urgency, and make intercourse more pleasurable. 

Testicular Enlargement

Another condition that can lead to sexual dysfunction is testicular enlargement. Testicular enlargement is a condition that causes the veins within the testicles to expand abnormally. Amongst other concerns, a common issue that this condition causes is scrotum pain, which can make intercourse especially uncomfortable. 

While there are several factors that can lead to the onset and progression of this condition, it's commonly the result of poor blood flow. Physical therapy helps with this condition by having the patient perform a series of exercises and manipulations that promote healthy blood flow within the region with the goal of removing the blockage. If you suffer from this condition, it's important to visit your primary healthcare provider in combination with a physical therapist.   

Speak with a physical therapy professional to learn more about if and how this treatment can help you combat sexual dysfunction.