A Missouri woman is finally a mother after nine years of marriage without being able to have sex.
Kirstin Stallings always wanted to be a mother, but there was one problem: intercourse was too painful for her. For nine years, she tried to conceive a child with her husband, Chris Stallings, but they were unsuccessful, KCTV5 reported.
“I don't know many men who would stick with a marriage for nine years without having sex a single time,” Kirstin told KCTV5.
Still, Chris stood by her side.
“I married my wife. To be intimate is a bonus,” said Chris. “But, really it's a small portion of the day.”
The Stallings were told that it was all in Kirstin’s head and that she just needed to relax. It wasn’t until they discovered Foundational Concepts Specialty Physical Therapy that they were able to get some answers.
Foundational Concepts owner Sarah Dominguez said 40 percent of women experience extreme pain during intercourse, and that 90 percent of the time, it’s due to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Kirstin fell into that category.
“Quite often, it's the muscles that are not able to relax to have intercourse," Dominguez said.
A few months after starting her treatment, Kirstin became pregnant with a little girl. The Stallings are already planning on having another child.
“That was really nice to get answers,” she said. “I am excited to have another sibling for her eventually.”
Foundational Concepts works in collaboration with the University of Kansas Hospital to treat women between the ages of 18 and 90 for this condition. They claim 80 percent of women will suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their lifetime. Signs to look out for include constipation, leaking urine and unexplained pain in the pelvic or rectum area, according to the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA).