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Back Pain Isn’t the End of Sexual Satisfaction | Did You Know


xray of spinePeople with back pain can still enjoy satisfying sex.

It may just take a few adjustments. Here are some things you can do:

  • Talk to your doctor. He or she can give you guidance on what type of injury you have and how different positions may or may not cause pain. A doctor may also be able to modify pain medication if it has sexual side effects.
  • Talk to your partner. Be open about what hurts and what doesn’t. Your partner will probably feel relieved that you brought it up. He or she may be afraid of hurting you.
  • Prepare. Taking steps to relax your body and soothe pain before sex may help. Try putting heat or ice on the affected area or take a hot bath or shower. You and your partner can even make this part of your foreplay. Why not give each other a relaxing massage?
  • Be willing to experiment. With back pain, you might need to be creative. If the bed is too soft a surface, try moving to a carpeted floor or use a chair. Try switching positions or figure out new ones. Pillows or blankets can be used for extra support and comfort.
  •  If something hurts, stop and try something else. Good sex isn’t just intercourse. You and your partner can still be intimate through touching, having oral sex, or exploring fantasies.

If you and your partner still have concerns, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.


Kerner, Ian
“When sex is a pain in the back”
(September 6, 2012)

“Low Back Pain and Sex”
(Last revised: December 14, 2011)
Stewart, Kristen
“Sex Tips for People With Back Pain”
(Last updated: March 16, 2011)

Duval, Robert V., DPT, MPT, ATC
“Back Pain and Sex”
(October 3, 2007)



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