In this post we are going to focus on how to maintain a healthy sex life despite having lower back pain. If you experiencing back pain of any kind you need to seek the expertise and guidance of your doctor. The following information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your physician. Probably the best thing you can do to improve your sex life if you suffer from back pain is to be treated by your doctor.
Two Simple Rules to Begin: This may seem like good old fashioned common sense, but talk to your partner about what feels good and which positions feel painful. The other piece of advice is that if something hurts-stop.
Sex is supposed to feel pleasurable and not painful. We are going to help you find ways to keep your sex life active and enjoyable despite your back pain. Sexual Positions Which May Cause Back Pain For men and women with back pain the doggie style might be painful or any positions where you are arching your back. Women with back pain may also find that lying flat on their back with no pillows to support the head may place too much pressure on the spine during missionary style sex.
Likewise lying flat on your stomach with no supports under the belly may also cause spinal pain. Sexual intimacy does not depend upon exotic sexual positions.
Protect your back so that you avoid injury. Things that can help to prevent or ease back pain prior to sex Exercise to strengthen your core muscles including your abs.
Yoga is another way to increase abdominal strength and improve back pain. Taking a relaxing warm bath with your partner prior to sexual intercourse can not only set a romantic mood but can relax your back muscles. Giving and receiving a massage prior to sex can be a wonderful form of foreplay and can also help to un-kink tense or tight muscles. There is also evidence that massage can be an effective treatment for both anxiety and depression. They suggest applying a cold pack or cold compress to the back several times a day for up to twenty minutes.
After several days of cold treatment the application of heat such as using a heating pad may be used. For example, some people find that placing pillows or rolled towels as support behind knees and the head can lessen the strain on the back during sex. For men and women with low back pain a rolled up towel or pillow strategically placed under the lower back can also prevent back discomfort.
Side by Side Position In this position partners lie on their sides facing each other. The woman lifts up her top leg so that her partner can insert his penis. This is a very intimate position where kissing and cuddling is more possible than some other sexual positions. It is also a sexual position which is easy on the back since nobody is bearing the weight of the other.
Spooning In this position the woman lies on her side as her partner penetrates from behind. This is also a very intimate position and the angle is said to be not only less risky for those with pain but is also said to be good for both g-spot or prostate gland stimulation. Adapted Missionary Position Some women may find that back pain may be lessened if they simply bend their legs up towards their chest.
Strategically placed pillows can also help reduce the pressure on their back. Woman on top position for men with back pain One position a man may try if he has lower back pain is to place a pillow or rolled up towel under his lower back as his partner straddles him from above. This way he does not have to use his back muscles during penetration. Chair Sex The literature on best positions for people with back problems frequently suggest using a chair during sexual intercourse.
The chair back can provide support for the man as his female partner sits on his lap from the front or behind. Please note that some or any of these positions may not work for you or your partner. The key is to communicate to one another about which sexual positions are comfortable and do not cause discomfort or pain. It may take some experimentation to find the right postures and positions for you. The following are resources about sex and back pain.
Remember that we are not responsible for the usefulness or functionality of any information given on these external sites. Also be aware that some of the following links may contain more graphic information. The University of Kentucky: This site sells ramps, cushions, and wedges designed to provide sexual comfort for those who have chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and other physical disabilities.