Lightning Crotch Pain: What It Is + How to Treat It

A fiery bolt of lightning pierced my deep, inner vagina and instantly disappeared. But even though the pain left, there was a smoldering burn (and intense fear of return) in its wake.

What is Lightning Crotch?

Simply put, lightning crotch is a sudden, sharp pain deep in your vagina that rivals anything I’ve ever experienced. Kidney stones and childbirth were worse, but only because they lasted so much longer.

Tips for Relieving Lightning Crotch Pain

Relieving the pain from lightning crotch is a matter of prevention, not treatment.

Change positions/move

While the causes of lightning crotch are still in question, many mamas report that it occurs most often when they have been lying still for a while.

Changing positions, or standing up and walking around regularly, can help.

Avoid Single Leg Movements

Dr. Lauren Keller is a pelvic floor specialist. She provides a list of exercises that help and hurt with Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD), a group of symptoms that cause pain in the pelvic floor, vagina, and lower back, usually during pregnancy. Lightning crotch falls under this category, although it is not synonymous with SPD.

Massage, Chiropractic, or Physiotherapy

According to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), physiotherapy can “improve muscle function, and improve your pelvic joint position and stability.”

Research shared on the National Institute of Health website indicates that “conservative chiropractic management appears to reduce pain.” The same study showed potential benefits of prenatal massage.

Wear a Support Brace or Support Garments

Wearing a good brace support likely won’t eliminate the pain entirely, but it can make a huge difference in the various pains you’ll experience in your groin, lower abdomen, and lower back in the latter part of pregnancy. Lightning crotch included.

Louisa Ultra High-Waisted Support Leggings from Kindred Bravely

Pregnancy support leggings became a wardrobe staple when I was pregnant with Jack. They provide stabilizing support for your growing belly that helps reduce pelvic pain without having to wear an extra support band.

Bump Support Leggings by Belly Bandit

The benefits of these leggings are the same as those provided by the Kindred Bravely leggings; it’s really a matter of style preference. Belly Bandit is known for making top-of-the-line support wear for pregnant and postpartum moms, and these leggings won’t disappoint.

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