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Painful Intercourse: The Basics You Need to Know

Painful intercourse (also known as dyspareunia) can cause problems in a couple’s sexual relationship. Aside from the physical pain that a woman experiences during intercourse, there are also possible negative emotional effects. Thus, the problem should be addressed as soon as it arises.

 

Symptoms

Painful intercourse might make a woman feel the following:

*Pain at sexual penetration

*Pain with every penetration, even when putting in a tampon

*Deep pain during thrusting

*New pain after previously pain-free intercourse

*Burning or aching pain

*Throbbing pain that lasts for hours after intercourse

 

Causes of Painful Intercourse in Women

This condition can occur for different reasons. It can be structural problems or even psychological concerns. It is not too uncommon for women to experience dyspareunia at some point in their lives. There are physical causes as well as emotional factors that can be associated with painful intercourse.

 

*Insufficient lubrication – This is often the result of not enough foreplay. Having insufficient lubrication can also be caused by a drop in the estrogen levels after menopause, childbirth, or during breastfeeding.

 

*Trauma, injury or irritation – This includes irritation or injury from an accident female circumcision, pelvic surgery, or a cut made during childbirth, among others.

 

*Infection, inflammation or skin disorder – An infection in your genital area or your urinary tract can also cause painful intercourse. Other skin problems such as eczema in your genital area can also be a problem.

 

*Vaginismus – This involves involuntary spasms of the muscles of the vaginal wall. It can make penetration attempts very painful.

 

*Surgeries or medical treatments – Scarring from pelvic surgery (such as hysterectomy) can sometimes cause dyspareunia.

 

*Certain illnesses and conditions – There are a number of conditions that can cause painful intercourse and this includes: pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and more.

 

*Psychological problems – Emotions are intertwined with sexual activity. Anxiety, fear of intimacy, depression, and other relationship problems contribute to a low level of arousal. These result to discomfort or pain.

 

*Stress – When stressed, your pelvic floor muscles tend to tighten and this also contributes to painful intercourse.

 

Should I See a Professional?

If you experience recurrent pain during intercourse, it is a must to set up an appointment with Dr. Fay Weisberg. A woman should not endure this uncomfortable vaginal condition. Treating the problem can definitely help your sex life, your emotional intimacy, as well as your self-image. Call her today and be relieved of your vaginal concerns.