What to do when you have painful sex

 


Painful sex occurs in women for diverse reasons. Pain during sex may be a sign of physical problems, gynecologic conditions, such as ovarian cysts or endometriosis, and emotional issues. Problems with sexual response can also cause painful sex. You lack the feeling of wanting to have sex or lack arousal, which is the physical and emotional moments in the body due to sexual stimulation. 


Women with low estrogen levels are most likely to experience vaginal dryness and even painful sex. In most cases, when they approach menopause. Menopause isn't the only case whereby women estrogen levels are likely to decline. Some women experience vaginal dryness and painful sex after childbirth, as their hormone levels tend to come up slowly. 


Some other possible causes of discomfort during sex are; nerve damage, vaginismus, and pelvic muscle dysfunction. 

When experiencing such pain during sex, you should see an ob-gyn, you can also see other healthcare professionals. However, there are also some self-help measures you could try to relieve sex pain:


• Try using a lubricant - Using a water-soluble lubricant is a perfect option, particularly when you experience vaginal irritation its sensitivity. On the other hand, silicone-based lubricants last longer and are even more slippery than the water-soluble lubricants. The water-soluble lubricant is much better than the other. Ensure not to use baby oil, petroleum jelly and the likes with condoms, because they can dissolve the latex, causing the condom to break. 


• Tell your partner - When you first notice pain during sex, try telling your partner exactly you feel pain, it solves many problems. When you talk to a partner, you can consider sexual activities that don’t cause pain. Examples include oral sex, mutual masturbation and others. You and your partner could also try non-sexual activities like massage. 


• Create a time for sex - Create a specific time when you and your partner are not exhausted or tensed.


• You can consider taking pain-relieving drugs before sex - Firstly, you empty your bladder, take a warm bath, and then take an OTC med, like pain relief before sex.


• You can decide to relieve pain after sex by applying ice or frozen gel - This is another step you should do, apply ice or frozen gel wrapped in a small towel to the vulva. 


In addition to the above steps, you can also visit an Ob-gyn who will ask about your medical history to discover if you gave any condition or have taken any meds that could have resulted in an obstruction in your normal sexual response. You will also be asked about your sexual history, just to know if any events in your past affect how you feel about sex. 


The above effective treatment may change a prescription medication that comes into a collision with natural lubrication. Other women operating with an episiotomy or perineum tear following childbirth may get the best results from physical therapy or probably surgery. 

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