Low Back Pain and Sex

Low Back Pain and Sex


Healthy, satisfying sex is very important for relationships. And the fear of having sex because of back pain can be a big problem. If your sex life has suffered because of back pain, take heart. Many people have faced this problem. And there are steps you can take to deal with it.

  • Talk to your doctor.

    This can be hard, because some people are embarrassed to talk about sex. But you need to find out which sexual positions may be good or bad for your back. Some back problems cause pain when you bend forward. Others cause problems when you arch your back. Just remember that doctors hear these questions all the time. They can give you tips that may help you.

  • Talk to your partner.

    Your partner can't possibly know what hurts and what doesn't. You have to tell your partner. And if the thought of having pain during sex scares you, talk about that too. Discuss which movements are comfortable for you and which aren't.

  • Go slow.

    Sex is like exercise. Warming up and stretching first are important. A hot shower will help relax your muscles. A massage can be soothing. Many people use yoga to gently stretch their muscles. When you're ready to have sex, keep your movements slow and gentle.

  • Be prepared to try new things.

    You may need to try positions you've never thought about before. You may need to use a firmer surface than your mattress, such as a nice soft rug on the floor or even a sturdy chair. Oral sex might be easier than intercourse for some.

  • If it hurts, stop.

    That may seem obvious. But when things get passionate, it can be hard to stay in control. Try to keep it slow so that you can stop right away if your back starts to hurt.


Current as of: November 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine