What some women find helpful for symphysis pain
Why does symphysis pain happen?
The symphysis pubis is a joint at the front of the two large pelvic bones. The bones are separated by a small oval disc of cartilage, about 3 - 4 cms long, and are held together by ligaments. The symphysis joint is like a hard bump under the pubic hair and just above the woman's clitoris.
Image 1-12 shows the female pelvis and the pubic bone joint or 'symphysis'.
The pregnancy hormones progesterone and relaxin soften and relax the symphysis ligaments. This allows the pelvis to become a lot more 'elastic' so that the pelvic bones have the ability to stretch and open more easily to make way for the birth of your baby. It can also cause pain at the joint if the pelvic bones move. This is usually more common for women having their second or subsequent baby.
Symphysis pubis pain can range form being an annoying twinge to a debilitating pain. The discomfort is usually felt low, in the middle at the front, just below the pubic hairline. Some women will experience pain or discomfort in the symphysis during their pregnancy, in labour and / or after the birth (if the symphysis joint is very loosened). This can be felt as an ache, sharp pain, 'clicking' sensation or a shooting pain into the clitoris. Often movement will aggravate it, especially anything involving lifting and caring for your baby you will need to be aware of your posture and be mindful of correct lifting and posture techniques. You can read about this in backache after the birth.