The experience of ‘lightning crotch’ is said to be as uncomfortable as it sounds.
It’s a symptom of pregnancy that involves a sharp, “almost electric shooting pain” that fires into the vagina and in some cases the rectum. According to The Huffington Post, many women have been known to yell from the shock.
“It’s a burning, an electric shock or a shooting pain. It can go anywhere, in your clitoris, in the labia, in the vagina, in the area where you do a wee, in the anus in the rectum…” General Practitioner and television personality Dr Ginni Mansberg told Mamamia.
So, what does it mean? Why do some women experience it and others don’t? And what can you actually do about it?
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But if the pain is fleeting, and you are in the late stages of pregnancy, there are lots of ways to manage it.
Firstly, Dr Mansberg advises that you ensure your bowel movements are regular, as constipation can cause strain and in turn put pressure on the nerve. As well as managing your constipation, ensure you don’t hold on too long when you need to urinate, as this too can irritate the nerve.
Often, you’ll need to change how you’re sitting to “minimise the way the nerve is compressed”. Dr Mansberg suggests a foam cushion to alter your position.
Though it might sound obvious, anything like riding a bike or even having sex can put too much pressure on that area as well. “You might just need to cut that out temporarily,” Dr Mansberg said, until the pain subsides.