In men, as in women, there are a number of physical factors that may cause se xual discomfort. Pain is sometimes experienced in the testicular or glands area of the pe nis immediately after ejaculation.
Painful intercourse is not uncommon to most women but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it’s okay. Pain during s ex not only ruins the moment, it can have much greater consequences: fear of s ex, lowered s ex drive, and overall loss of intimacy. Pain is your body’s way of signalling that something is wrong. It’s a cue to take a step back and figure out what’s happening.
Allergic reactions: The skin in the va gina can be irritated if you have an allergic reactions to a soap, detergent, a douche product, or perfumed tampons or maxi pads. Switch to unscented products with fewer ingredients if you suspect allergies. Douching can irritate the skin in the va gina.
Va ginal dryness: Most women experience lubrication difficulties, which can lead to pain during sex. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause can also lead to vaginal dryness. Using water-based lubricants and engaging in more foreplay before sexual intercourse can help with va ginal dryness.
Va ginal itching: Yeast infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and some some sexual transmitted diseases cause itching and burning sensations in the va gina. Having sex while you are suffering from one of these conditions can be unpleasant and can cause painful s ex. UTIs and yeast infections are treatable, and most sexually transmitted diseases can be treated or managed.
Psychological causes: Psychological factors, such as anxiety and depression can adversely affect sexuality and bring about painful s ex. Women who have been sexually abused may find that their relationship to s ex has changed dramatically. A s ex therapist or counsellor can help you address these root psychological causes and work with you to cultivate a healthy and positive sexuality.
Health conditions: Sometimes, painful s ex can be a sign of other health conditions in which the tissue that lines the uterus starts growing in other places in the body. All of these conditions are treatable.
Injury to the vulva or va gina: These injuries may include a tear from childbirth or from a cut made in the area of skin between the va gina and anus during labour.
Intercourse too soon after surgery or childbirth.
The involuntary contraction of vaginal muscles during penetration can be caused by physical and psychological factors. Identifying the cause of painful s ex is essential for developing a treatment plan. Recognize your symptoms and seek advice. If you experience pain during intercourse, talk to your gynaecologist. Sexual pain does not have to be part of your life.