It’s normal to experience some degree of discomfort during intercourse occasionally, but painful sex on a consistent basis could indicate a bigger problem. Pain during intercourse can happen for numerous reasons, both physical and emotional. Some causes might include:
Painful sex might also be due to minor causes, such as insufficient lubrication or a skin disorder that affects the genitals. Emotional factors, too, can cause intercourse pain, such as stress, psychological problems, or a history of sexual abuse.
Your physician performs a thorough medical exam and evaluates your health history. She may also conduct a pelvic exam or a pelvic ultrasound.
Treatment is varied, depending on what’s causing your pain during sex. Some options might include:
If there is an underlying medical condition or infection to treat, medication may resolve the pain. For example, STDs can be treated with antibiotics or menopause-related discomfort can often be remedied with hormone therapy or vaginal creams.
In cases where you have a cyst or structural issue that’s causing your pain, surgery might be necessary to stop the pain at its source.
Your physician might suggest pelvic physical therapy, where you can learn vaginal relaxation or pelvic floor exercises to relieve pain.
To enjoy more pleasant sexual experiences, you might want to consider some lifestyle changes or self-care strategies, such as:
If you’re concerned about painful sex, schedule a confidential consultation with one of the expert physicians at Capital Women’s Care today.