Where is the Pudendal nerve and what happens if it’s compressed?

The Pudendal nerve originates from the spine and branches off in the pelvic region. It sends signals to the pelvic floor telling it when to contract. The pudendal nerve gives function to the pelvic floor musculature and sensation to this area in around the sit bones, the clitoral area in a female, the penis in a male and all in and around the rectal area.

The function of the pelvic floor musculature is to control:

  • Urination

  • In a female intercourse 

  • Male and females ability to have bowel movements in addition to holding bowl movements back.

What would I feel is I had issues with the pudendal nerve?

  • Pain in the area

  • Significant spasming

  • Loss of sensation

  • Weakness of this which can cause incontinence issues (bowel)

  • Weakness in and around the vaginal area

  • In males can contribute to erectile dysfunction (especially if associated with pain too) 

     

Compression to the pudendal nerve can be very painful particularly if frequently irritated. Cyclists often suffer from this due to contact points on their saddle. Once irritated without removing the aggravating factor and allowing sufficient healing time the nerve can repeatedly cause pain when cycling (particularly longer distance).

Today’s question – ‘Where is the Pudendal nerve?’

Compression to the pudendal nerve can be very painful particularly if frequently irritated. Cyclists often suffer from this due to contact points on their saddle. Once irritated without removing the aggravating factor and allowing sufficient healing time the nerve can repeatedly cause pain when cycling (particularly longer distance).

Our Chiropractor Karen is a keen cyclist and works with many sports people suffering from pelvic pain back pain and other conditions linked to the musculoskeletal system.

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