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Is there a medical term for "lightning crotch"

post #1 of 15
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Does anyone know the correct medical term for this? I would also be interested if anyone has links to any medical journal articles that talk about this.

Thanks
post #2 of 15
ummmm, what is it?! :

Could you describe it? I've never heard of it...

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
In late pregnancy it's a feeling of "electric shock" to the vagina area. I've heard that it has to do with the baby pressing on a nerve or on the cervix.
post #4 of 15
Never heard that term, but I'm certainly familiar with the feeling!
post #5 of 15
What a term! I haven't heard that before either, but that's not saying too much. I'm curious if you coined the term yourself or heard it from someone else. I am currently working with a client and she has experienced a sharp stabbing pain in her cervix several times. Her midwife reassured her that it was nothing to worry about. But I'm curious if this is the same sensation you are describing. Anyone know why this might be caused or what exactly it is that causes it?

I just re-read and I see that gingerbane answered some of this. Is this what others have heard too, about pressing on nerves or the cervix?
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I definitely didn't coin the term - LoL. I am trying to get information for a client of mine who is experiencing this but unfortunately I can't seem to find anything in medical journals or even a name other than the one mentioned in the title.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by gingerbane View Post
Does anyone know the correct medical term for this? I would also be interested if anyone has links to any medical journal articles that talk about this.

Thanks
I've been doing this stuff for 20 years and I've never heard the term!:
post #8 of 15
no, I don't know a term for it but I have heard moms describe it as an electric shock/jolt.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by MsBlack View Post
Never heard that term, but I'm certainly familiar with the feeling!
Exactly what I was going to say!!!!
post #10 of 15
I too have never heard this expression.
Most women use other words to describe the sensation "Pins and needles", "stinging" "sharp stabbing" pains. Never heard it referred to as Lightening crotch.

It sounds like Sciatica, that causes the "pins and needles" feeling or
Round ligament pain can cause that sensation.
post #11 of 15

crotch mystery

Maybe pressure on the pudendal nerve? In which case, where such pain in the sctiatic nerve is called Sciatica, then it would be called Pudenda? OK, just joking, but if you can figure out which nerve is affected you might have a better time tracking down a medical term.
post #12 of 15
I experienced this a bunch last week and brough it up to my midwife and she explained that these "zingers" are often the precursors to the cervix starting to dialate. That it can feel like that as it softens and moves a bit. I'm 29 weeks, and she wasn't concerned unless it starts to be accompanied by cramping or bleeding.
post #13 of 15
Lightning crotch.

I love it.
post #14 of 15
I always tell my clients that the pins and needles feeling in the cervix is effacacement pain. I'm not sure, though, that we're talking about the same thing.
post #15 of 15
not a birth professional, but a momma who gets this often, and way more often when I carried my breech. I always thought it was a kick to the cervix. I get it seldom with this pregnancy, and not as sharp as with the breech, but a little hip wiggling seems to resolve it, guess thats why I always thought that it was the babe kicking/punching the cervix since a few pelvic rocks/hip wiggles seem to stop the sharp sensations as if i was moving baby away from the area. These sensations happen as early as 25 weeks.
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