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The Benefits of Water Therapy for Sexual and Pelvic Problems 

The Benefits of Water Therapy for Sexual and Pelvic Problems
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The Benefits of Water Therapy for Sexual and Pelvic Problems
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Alexa Fleckenstein

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10.1093/med/9780190225889.003.0022
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date: 27 July 2021

Hydrotherapy holds promise for certain sexual and pelvic problems: Water that hits the skin acts on the entire body, triggering the neuro-endocrine-immune system, the brain, the gut-brain, and the autonomic nervous system—the neuro-endocrine axis. Hormesis (regular application of small toxic events or stressors leading to adaption and invigoration) is the mechanism that balances physiological and biochemical processes, including sexuality. Water applications result in homeostasis (balancing of internal systems—such as temperature, electrolytes, and hormones) and invigoration (strengthening of biological functions) and influence diverse bodily functions and dysfunctions loosely related to sexuality and reproduction. Dysmenorrhea, functional infertility, pregnancy, sexuality after menopause, decreased libido, breast tenderness, pelvic pain syndromes, erectile dysfunction and urinary tract infections/irritated bladder are discussed. Cold shower, cold wash, barefoot walking, warm footbath, sitzbath, full bath, warm water bottle, sauna with cold-water immersion afterwards, and some variations of these are the discussed water applications here.

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