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Pain in back of legs & knees after sex

By Anonymous July 12, 2009 - 8:21pm
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I have severe pain running down the backs of both legs (from my sitting bones down hamstrings) & knees after having sex. When I sit, it's dull & not as bad, but when I'm up it is awful! It starts within minutes of finishing sex and lasts at least half a day. Have never had this problem before. I am pregnant if that makes any difference, but haven't had this issue with past pregnancies. It's taking the fun out of having sex with my husband. Is there anything I can do to avoid or at least ease the pain?

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I finally talked to my OB about this issue. He said it was a cystocele. He also said if it didn't go away within, i can't remember...like 6 months after delivery then I might need surgery or something else done. I've since had my baby & have no issues with it. So there is hope for others experiencing this.....it does go away! I found a web site that explaines it little. If you explore the site it describes symptoms, risk factors, when to see a doctor, etc. Sometimes just knowing what it is makes the difference.

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October 24, 2009 - 12:07pm
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I am so happy to find some people with the same problem. I am 28 years old, and 25 weeks into my third pregnancy. I have experienced pain after sex in the backs of my hamstrings, originating from my buttocks for all three pregnancies. Sometimes the pain is so severe I feel nauseous, almost as bad as labour contractions but in my legs.
As someone else commented, the only way I can relieve the pain is to lay down fully but with two boys under 5 to run after, the chances of that are slim and I end up battling through the pain for a few hours or more. The last time I had the pain so bad that I also had cramping in my uterus, like braxton hicks I guess and that had me a bit worried.
Has anyone else found any more information on these symptoms or any remedies for the dreaded pain? Abstaining from sex may be on the cards otherwise and that will be disappointing for both of us, especially with 15 weeks to go!

October 23, 2009 - 4:18am

I love that there are others out there with this as well. Although Im am sorry that this is happening to all of us. I have all the same symptoms as you all have above and i'm on my 7th pregnancy, each time it does get a lttle worse and my pain can last all day. I have found that if i use a hot cloth as an heating pad right after helps with the pain, and the swelling too. I just would like to find a cure for it or help better the symptoms. let me know if you find anything...

September 20, 2009 - 9:09pm
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Hello, is there anyone to help me?
Last year (Oct 2008) I had pain in my back and feeling of fatigue in both joints. I went to a top neuro surgen. I had xrays of my back and both joints but the xrays were clean. The surgen prescribed me some multi vitamin tablets (food suppliment). As I am a journalist and have to stay on desk for longer hours in the same position while working on computer, the surgen was of the view that the pain was caused by over exertion.
He also sent me for physiotheraphy.
But, I was not satisfied.
So, I went to an Orthopadiac Surgeon and he examined my xrays and blood tests and suggested the same remedy (multi vitamins and some excercises). The conclusions of both the doctors were the same but it too the pain more than 3 months to go away.

The pain went away for almost ten months but is back again!!
The pain is not severe but it causes me trouble in free movement. I feel my legs tired and the palms of my legs being pinched by a slight cold wave. I feel my feet muscles not very relaxed, stiff, and hence feel inconvince in my knees also.
Can setting in the same position cause this problem?
And, yes, I do alot of sex and masterbate almost daily while setting in the same position and trying to prolong the moments.
Also, the recent pain has come after I started travelling too often with train for longer distances. besides, I have started learning german langauge and sit in a class from morning till noon on a chair to which I am not used.
Physically, I am a well-built man (31) and muscular and I cant believe that my muscles could be that weak to cause me pain. Because, I love cooking and take good care of my food. I dont smoke and drink only red wine and that too once or twice a month.
And, yes, I had started excercise last year after the pain went away. I used to run for 10 to 15 km and felt perfect. I even did some hiking after the first pain and felt perfectly fit.I felt as this pain will never return. but, it is here. Not as severe as last year, but can become. The pain is sort of muscle stiffness but I also feel it sometimes in my hips. In both palms of my feet I feel a sort of numbness, the same symptoms as that of last years, pain.


August 28, 2009 - 2:13pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Well... the problem what we have been thinking to be out of sitting in a same posture is not true totally. According to Indian olden science, ejaculation that occurs after sex/masturbation either in a male or female, is derived from the bone marrow of the legs. and to form one drop of bone marrow needs a lot of blood. so, every drop of sperm/orgasm you waste, is at the cost of bone marrow. and the reduced amount of bone marrow in the legs causes severe pain. and it takes a few days to fill it back from the blood. and thats the reason, we also feel dehydrated, hungry and even the eye sight drops a little. and strenuous exercise after sex should be avoided to avoid cramps, bcoz the muscles the muscles were already in strain and gradually will be a cause for arthritis. Ladyfinger vegetables will help to regain the bone marrow slowly.

May 29, 2012 - 11:00am
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i have the same problem, and I am 24 weeks pregnant.
However i have noticed, my legs (back of the knees) are hurting after sex only when my husband ejaculates. TImes when he doesn't I am fine! Are you experiencing anything the same?

August 6, 2009 - 7:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Have the same problem - but we figured out that if we use a condom then there is no problem. So it is somehow related to his ejaculation. Any clues to what it may be? 31 weeks pregnant, had it since about the 8th week. Didn't have it on the first pregnancy. Weird!

August 27, 2009 - 8:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

no. ejaculation hasn't had an effect one way or the other with the pain. i have however noticed that i seem almost swollen to the sides & behind my vaginal opening. it's not tender like inflamation type swelling & it doesn't effect anything else like my clitorises. it is constant though (never goes away). it's almost like my insides have all shifted down & are pushing out. it makes sense that sex would effect it because it's right where the action happens & would be aggrivated. it does swell a bit more after sex. i didn't notice it at first because i assumed it was pressure in my bowels since i was having constipation issues. i decided i was wrong once the constipation got better & the swelling was still there.

August 12, 2009 - 11:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I have the same thing. I'm 30 week pregnant with my 4th and it happened with the 3rd one some and this time is much worse. We only have sex at night because if it is day time I'm hurting for hours after and have to sit to releave the pain. I don't think it is a position issue or keeping your legs in a certain way during sex. I think that it has to do with having an orgasm. There is more blood going in your vagina and is putting pressure on the veins there and in your legs. I guess it's the price to pay. I don't think that I will prevent myself from having an orgasm for that. I notice also that I have the same pain when I'm not pregnant and my periods are heavy.

August 20, 2009 - 7:31pm
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Have you noticed any other differences in the times when your legs hurt after sex? Ejaculation would not cause knee pain, but is intercourse lasting longer (therefore, more leg strain in one position) when he ejaculates versus when you have sex without ejaculation? I'm wondering if your are trying to hold yourself in a very exact position that is causing some tension in your leg that you may not realize during the "heat of the moment"?

August 6, 2009 - 1:55pm
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