Are you suffering from chronic low back pain and avoiding sexual intimacy with your partner because of it? Desiring to know the best sexual position for low back pain? When it comes to the wide world of back pain topics, there’s plenty of information out there. With up to 80% of the American population experiencing spine-related pain at some point in their lives, it’s no wonder that countless medical journal, news media and blog articles abound. But especially for those suffering from spine conditions that cause chronic low back pain (pain lasting three months or longer), one topic can be tough to discuss, let alone to find helpful information about – sex and low back pain.
For anyone who is in near-constant pain, sex can be an understandably touchy subject. It’s tough to get that “lovin’ feelin’” when we’re hurting. But the health of our intimate lives, like many other aspects, is a significant factor in the overall quality of life for many people. Because men are often viewed as the ones who are “dominant” in the bedroom, there can be an added pressure to “perform” even under painful circumstances. But sex shouldn’t be painful for either partner and there are some ways for men dealing with low back pain to help minimize it while safely engaging in intercourse.
Best Sexual Positions for Low Back Pain
While it’s important to do what feels right under any circumstances, there are certain sex positions that can create more spinal tension than others. For men who are experiencing low back pain, it can be helpful to avoid sexual
positions that require more back flexion and pressure on the spine. Instead, focusing on sexual positions that require flexion at the hips may help avoid pain and reduce spinal pressure. Positions that promote hip flexion over back flexion include one version of the Quadruped – with the female partner on her elbows (not her hands) and knees, and the male partner kneeling and entering her from behind. Another position shown to avoid too much spinal flexion and more hip thrust movement is a version of the Missionary position using hands for support, during which the female is lying below the male, but he is supporting his weight on either side of her body with his hands versus his elbows.
Worst Sexual Positions for Low Back Pain
Historically, for both men and women experiencing pain in the low back, the recommended sexual position was Side-Lying – where both partners are laying on the same side and the male partner enters the female from behind. But for men, newer research contradicts those older blanket recommendations. The side-lying position was shown in one study to actually place more, not less; focus on spinal tension and flexion.
Based on this research, the sexual positions least recommended because they seemed to provoke low back pain and spinal tension were the Side-Lying position and a version of the Missionary position that requires the male partner to support himself with his elbows versus his hands. Another interesting finding in this particular body of research is that even slight adjustments in the female partner’s posture had the potential to significantly aid in the angle at which her partner entered her – thus demonstrating that the partner can play an important and assisting role in the reduction of the low back pain and spinal pressure her male partner may experience during intercourse.
Though the topic of sex and back pain for men may not be one frequently discussed, it is hugely important. A healthy sex life is a critical factor in overall quality of life and health. It shouldn’t be ignored or minimized. And for men who are experiencing chronic low back pain that is untreated or poorly managed, seeking a spine health expert who can help get to the bottom of what’s causing the pain is crucial – for his quality of life inside the bedroom and out.