Sometimes love does cause pain — but sex shouldn’t! The intimate act of sexual intercourse should not be a painful experience. Perhaps it was during your first time, and maybe every once in a while, but if sex is causing you pain more often than not, you may want to look further into it to find out why, and see what you can do to relieve it.
Pain during sexual intercouse is actually very common, as approximately 3 out of 4 women experience pain at some point in their sexually active lives. For some, it’s fleeting; for other’s, it causes quite the problem. These feelings of pain could be the sign of a deeper issue, whether physical or mental. Pain during sex can not only mean there is something potentially harmful going on inside the body, but it could also result in tension or stress in your relationship. It could ruin the moment and cause things like a fear of having sex, lowered sex drive, or an overall loss of intimacy. If you’re frequently experiencing pain while engaging in what should be a comfortable, loving, beautiful moment with your partner, it’s a good idea to look into the problem and find out exactly what is causing this discomfort. If the pain is happening a lot or is severe, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor. A female obgyn like Dr. Ghea, who practices out of a Plantation obgyn group, can help you rule out gynecological conditions that could be the culprit, help pinpoint the exact cause, and give you her best women’s health tips on how to decrease your suffering.
There are four reasons why you may experience pain during intercourse.
- Believe it or not, your current state of mind during the act can play a huge factor in whether the sex is pleasurable or painful. Feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness, stress, fatigue, and relationship problems — all of these things can make it hard to become aroused and thus lessen the desire to have sex, which leads to that unwelcomed pain. It may sound like an obvious piece of advice, but try your best to be mindful and in-the-moment during intercourse, and you shouldn’t feel anything painful at all. Make time for sex, and be open with your communication.
- Medical conditions that affect the vulva and/or vagina can lead to pain during intercouse. Examples of these conditions include:
- skin disorders, which can cause ulcers or cracks in the skin of the vulva
- vulvodynia, a pain disorder that affects the vulva
- vaginitis, inflammation of the vagina that is caused by a yeast or bacterial infection and results in itching and/or burning
- vaginismus, a reflex contraction or tightening of the muscles at the opening of the vagina which can cause pain when you try to have sex
- And endometriosis, a condition affecting 7% of women where the tissue lining the uterus grows in other areas and can unfortunately be very intolerable and cause a need for laparoscopic surgery. This condition is generally hereditary, so if you know of women in your family who have it, contact your obgyn to get screened.
- Vaginal dryness is one of the most common things that affects women during sex. It can be caused by hormonal changes, such as the ones experienced post-childbirth, or during perimenopause and menopause. It can also be caused by stress and anxiety, or certain medications. You can combat this with hormone therapy treatments, or a much easier route is to always use lubricant during sex.
- After you’ve had a baby, it might not be so easy to get back to your normal sexual routine. Women who have had tears in the perineum during labor may experience pain during sex that lasts for a while. If the pain persists and becomes unbearable, you may want to seek treatment through physical therapy, medication, or surgery.
If painful sex has become your norm, it’s not too late to find and fix the problem. For those in need of an obgyn in Plantation, call Westside OB/GYN Group at 954-473-2011 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghea, a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician who has years of experience helping women achieve optimal gynecological health. Ladies, when looking for a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale, look no further. Make an appointment with Dr. Ghea today.