Painful sex is more common than you may think and has many different causes. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 3 out of 4 women will experience painful sex in their lifetime. Depending on the cause, it could be a temporary problem or a long term issue.
What Causes Painful Sex?
There are a variety of issues that could cause sex to be painful. Pain, particularly related to deep vaginal penetration, may be a symptom of an ovarian cyst or endometriosis.
Entry pain and other common forms of discomfort can be caused by:
- History of Sexual Abuse
- Injury, Trauma
- Inflammation, Infection
- Lack of Desire or Arousal
- Lack of Lubrication
- Skin Disorders
- Congenital Abnormalities
If pain during sex is becoming a regular occurrence or if the pain is severe, you should schedule a visit with your OBGYN.
What Can You Do to Help with the Pain?
If you are having painful sex, you should consult your physician. However, there are a few methods that could help relieve you from some of the pain.
- Communication: talk to your partner about what causes you pain and suggest activities that you enjoy pain free.
- Lubricant: If you have vaginal discomfort, you may want to start using water-soluble lubricants. When using a condom, do not use petroleum jelly, baby oil or mineral oil — as they have a tendency to dissolve the latex causing the condom to break.
- Pain Relieving Activities: Pain relief medication, warm baths and emptying of bladder.
- Try nonsexual, but sensual activities: massage, stimulating conversation and couples games.
- Ice it: After intercourse, apply a bag of ice or frozen gel pack to the painful area.
When Should You See a Doctor?
Your sexual health is important to your overall health and should be taken seriously. If pain during sex is becoming a regular occurrence or if the pain is severe, you should see your OBGYN. These symptoms can be caused by health conditions that need treatment. Your doctor will run tests to see what the cause of your discomfort may be including pelvic exams, ultrasounds and even a laparoscopy.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort during sex, book an appointment today.
*This blog is for general informational purposes only. Christopher K. Quinsey MD, P.A. does not distribute medical advice through this blog. As such, this blog does not constitute a patient-client relationship between the reader and Christopher K. Quinsey MD, P.A.