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Pudendal Neuralgia

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

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What is pudendal neuralgia?

Pudendal neuralgia is a chronic pelvic pain that originates from damage or irritation of the pudendal nerve. Pudendal nerve is a very important nerve and is crucial for sensation and function on your pelvic area, including the genital and anus.

What Pudendal nerve does?

Pudendal nerve connects with S2-S4 sacral spinal nerve roots and runs through your pelvis and gluteal region and divides into smaller nerve branches. Those branches are

  • inferior rectal nerve

  • perineal nerve

  • dorsal nerve

Pudendal's nerve motor function controls the movement of your:

  • Anal sphincter muscles which helps you release or hold faces (poo)

  • Urethral sphincter muscles which help you hold in or release urine (pee)

The pudendal nerve also provides sensory information about touch, temperature, pain and pleasure to your:

  • Penis

  • Vagina

  • Perineum (region between your anus and your vagina or penis)

  • anal canal or anus