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Pain during intercourse is a troubling secret for many women. They might have intercourse about as often as other couples do but hide the pain from their partners. For a small number of people, “genital fit” can be a cause of pain during intercourse—meaning your partner’s quite large, and you’re extra petite. Lube can. Active vaginal infections, such as yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, or some STDs, can cause vaginal discomfort during intercourse.
If painful intercourse is relatively new, pay your OB/GYN a visit to get things checked out. Painful sex can make you worry. Anxiety reduces lubrication even more and may cause you to clench the muscles of your vagina during sex. If sex becomes too painful, you may avoid it entirely. Beyond the immediate effects of the pain itself, pain during sex (or simply fear or anticipation of pain during sex) can trigger performance anxiety or future arousal problems in some women.
Worry over whether pain will come back can diminish lubrication or cause involuntary—and painful—tightening of the vaginal muscles, called vaginismus. In many cases, sex can be painful when lubrication is not sufficient. In these cases, the pain can be remedied with the use of a lubricant, such as KY or by changing up your sexual script in the. Dryness can not only make sex painful, it throws off the vagina’s balance of good bacteria, which can result in infections that contribute to painful sex. ‘Try using a lubricant if dryness is causing you pain during sex. Many conditions may cause pain during sex.
Once atrophy is advanced, they’re less helpful and may be irritating, as you’ve experienced. The most likely effective treatment is localized estrogens like the most recently approved lmvexxy, which is a vaginal insert. There are also localized estrogens available in cream, ring, or tablet form.
Applying lubricating gels to the outer sexual organs, the vulva and labia, as well as using lubricating products in the vagina may be helpful to some women and ease pain during intercourse. Sex toys, such as vibrators or dildos, may also be useful. The first port of call for women suffering from painful sex is usually the GP, who will check for infection or injury and make a referral to a specialist if necessary.
However, those suffering from painful sex can also visit a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic.
List of related literature:
|from Health & Wellness|
|from Enjoy!: The Gift of Sexual Pleasure for Women|
|from Symptoms in the Pharmacy: A Guide to the Management of Common Illness|
|from Infertility Counseling: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians|
|from An Introduction to Gerontology|
|from Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Canadian Medical-surgical Nursing|
|from Mayes’ Midwifery E-Book: A Textbook for Midwives|
|from Conn’s Current Therapy 2020, E-Book|
|from The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment|
|from Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children|