What Is Means When A Woman Has Pain In Her Vagina
Any why it’s especially common during pregnancy.
My best friend Jesse was heavily pregnant the first time I heard those words … lightning crotch.
When she initially told me that this was an actual thing she was experiencing, I was confused. Had pregnancy riddled her mind? Was she now convinced that she was some sort of superhero who could shoot bolts of pure fury from her angry vagina?
Of course, I didn’t ask any of my probing questions because I learned early on that it’s not a brilliant idea to question a pregnant woman about anything.
(If I’m being honest, I learned that lesson as a child watching my mom endure three additional pregnancies after popping me out. I vividly remember standing over her bed trying to explain to her that she could not subsist on orange popsicles and orange popsicles alone. I also recall then blacking out in fear as her eyes began to narrow and I scuttled from the room to fetch her the very same orange popsicles I had been so skeptical about mere moments before.)
So I let that sleeping dog lie and asked for zero explanation whatsoever.
But what, you may now be asking, is lightning crotch?
Turns out it’s a horrifying nickname attached to the sharp, shooting pains some pregnant women feel in their vulva, vagina, rectum and/or pelvic floor.
As a bonus, they may also feel jolts of pain shoot down their legs.
I didn’t think much about lightning crotch (other than sometimes suggesting someone should use it as a name for their rock band) for years … until my friend Gabby got pregnant.
I spent a lot of time around her — she is, after all, dating my boyfriend — and I noticed that the more pregnant she grew, the more difficult it became for her to stand up without feeling a good amount of pain. I grimaced along with her as she grimaced.
Finally, one day she could take it no more. “This damn lightning crotch!” she cried.
I knew this couldn’t be some mere coincidence. While both my best friend and Gabby are women of immense imagination, I doubted each of them on their own could both have come up with such a singular phrase.
It was then I asked her to explain what lightning crotch was to me. And it was when she answered me that I continued adding to the ever-developing grudge I hold against the medical community for not being more up front with the public about all of the absolutely ridiculous things that happen to a woman’s body when she is brewing up an entire person inside of it.