Pudendal Neuralgia is a condition that causes pain, discomfort, or numbness in your pelvis or genitals. It happens when a major nerve in the lower body is damaged or irritated, and it can make it hard to pass urine or stool, have sex, or sit down. The pain comes and goes and sometimes remain constraints for a long time.
The pudendal nerve runs from the back of the pelvis to near the base of your penis or vagina, where it branches off into other nerves.
It sends messages to the brain from your genitals, anus, and other nearby body parts. It controls the sphincter muscles that open and close when you do sex.
It can happen when you’re
- have surgery that in pelvis or genital area,
- Give birth through vagina or prolong labor.
- A tumor or an infection can squeeze or irritate it.
- And sometimes, certain types of exercise, like spending a lot of time on a bicycle trauma in the vagina, forceful sex in cause the problem.
You usually feel pudendal neuralgia symptoms in your lower body, genitals, or perineum (the area between your genitals and anus). These may include:
- More sensitivity
- A sharp or burning pain
- A swollen feeling
- Numbness or a pins-and-needles feeling.
These feelings might be worse when you sit down. Or you may have symptoms on both sides of your body, and they might go into your belly, buttocks, or legs.
You also may have problems such as:
- A sudden or frequent need to go to the bathroom
- For men, problems getting an erection
- Trouble or pain during sex