Why Does My Pelvis Hurt When I Sneeze? 3 Reasons Why
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Why Does My Pelvis Hurt When I Sneeze? 3 Reasons Why

Pelvis Hurt When I Sneeze

As we welcome the New Year, it’s a time filled with hope and aspirations for better days ahead.

Yet, for many women, the shadow of pelvic pain lingers, turning even a simple sneeze into a moment of discomfort and worry.

If you’ve ever winced in pain with a sneeze or felt anxious about the next sudden ache, you’re not alone.

Have you found yourself wondering “Why does my pelvis hurt when I sneeze?”

This year, let’s shed the burden of enduring pelvic pain and step into a future where your well-being is a priority.

In this blog, you will explore why you experience pain while sneezing, and 3 ways of overcoming it.

Let’s begin…

Understanding Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is more than just a physical symptom; it’s a complex issue that affects every aspect of your life.

It can stem from various causes, ranging from muscular imbalances and nerve irritation to hormonal fluctuations and past injuries.

The impact of pelvic pain extends beyond the physical discomfort – it can dampen your spirits, disrupt your daily activities, and even affect your relationships.

But why does something as simple as a sneeze trigger this pain? Let’s dive into the reasons and explore how you can regain control over your body and your life.

Let’s explore them…

Why Does My Pelvis Hurt When I Sneeze? 3 Reasons Why

Weak Pelvic Floor Muscles

When you sneeze, there’s a sudden increase in abdominal pressure.

If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, they struggle to cope with this pressure surge, leading to discomfort or pain.

This weakness can be due to various factors, including childbirth, aging, or lack of regular exercise.


Strengthening your pelvic floor is key. Exercises like Kegels involve contracting and relaxing these muscles, improving their tone and function.

Pelvic floor physical therapy can offer a more tailored approach, with specific exercises designed to target your individual needs.

Additionally, incorporating core-strengthening exercises can also provide better support to your pelvic floor.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse:

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, or rectum) descend due to weakened support structures.

This can result from childbirth, hormonal changes during menopause, or chronic straining.

When you sneeze, the force can push these organs further down, causing discomfort or a noticeable bulge in the vaginal area.


Pelvic floor therapy is crucial in managing prolapse. It focuses on strengthening the muscles and connective tissue that support these organs.

Lifestyle modifications can also play a significant role.

Avoiding heavy lifting and straining during bowel movements can prevent further prolapse.

In some cases, a pessary, a small device inserted into the vagina, can provide additional support.

Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder Sensitivity:

Interstitial cystitis, a chronic bladder condition, can make the bladder more sensitive to pressure changes, such as those during a sneeze.

This sensitivity can lead to pelvic pain or discomfort.

Factors contributing to this condition can include bladder lining defects, nerve sensitivity, or autoimmune responses.


Managing interstitial cystitis often involves a multifaceted approach.

Dietary changes, like avoiding bladder irritants (caffeine, acidic foods), can reduce symptoms.

Bladder training techniques, which involve gradually increasing the time between voiding, can help improve bladder control.

Stress management techniques, such as yoga or mindfulness, can also alleviate symptoms by reducing the overall stress on your body.

Regain Control From Pelvic Pain At Legacy Physical Therapy 

At Legacy Physical Therapy, our commitment is to guide you through the journey of overcoming pelvic pain, enabling you to cherish every moment of life, both big and small.

This month, we’re excited to extend a special offer – a FREE Pelvic Pain Assessment.

This is our way of contributing to your well-being, ensuring that your days are filled with comfort, not overshadowed by pain.

If you’re contemplating whether this assessment is the right move for you, or if you’re uncertain about the possibility of change, let this be your moment of empowerment.

Now is the perfect time to take a step towards reclaiming your well-being.

We understand that stepping into the clinic may be daunting, that’s why we offer FREE Telephone Consultations.

By speaking with one of our physical therapists over the phone, you’ll have the opportunity to express your concerns, and we’ll be here to listen attentively, understand your situation, and craft a plan tailored specifically to your needs.

Reach out to us at Legacy Physical Therapy at (636) 225-3649.

Allow us to be your partner in navigating towards a brighter, pain-free future.

Don’t let pelvic pain dictate the rhythm of your life,

Brooke Kasiliak

Your Trusted Physical Therapist

Legacy Physical Therapy

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