Painful intercourse?

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Painful intercourse?

Feeling some kind of pain or discomfort during sex is more common than you might think, especially among women. The causes can be very diverse and it is always advisable to see a doctor to find a solution as soon as possible and thus prevent it from affecting both you and your partner.

Having a rigid hymen, vaginal narrowing or the presence of vaginal septum are some of the causes of your own anatomy that can cause discomfort at the beginning of penetration.

There are other factors that can make intercourse uncomfortable such as vaginismus, which is the involuntary contraction of the muscles located at the entrance of your vagina and which prevents penetration. If this is your case, talking to a psychologist or a specialised doctor about your fears would be a good solution. The doctor may even recommend a therapy using vaginal dilators of different sizes so that you would slowly realize that your vagina is flexible and can perfectly support penetration.

In other cases, there is the possibility that the discomfort is more one of stinging or burning. In this case, it is possible that the cause is a urinary or vaginal infection, either due to some deodorant, bath gel or even the use of lubricants or spermicides during sexual intercourse.

Pain after penetration
If the pain appears once penetration has taken place it may be due to other causes, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, cysts in the ovary, etc. In any of these cases, you need to go to the gynaecologist to follow the prescribed treatment.

Men can also have discomfort during sex. These can arise when his partner has vaginal dryness, or if they themselves suffer from phimosis, that is to say, they cannot retract the foreskin properly.

First and foremost: communication
In any case, when dealing with any discomfort during intercourse it is essential to maintain good communication with your partner so that together you can find a solution to these inconveniences and thus prevent them from affecting the relationship. Afterwards, it is important to go to the doctor, gynaecologist or andrologist as soon as possible. Don’t worry: any of these problems can be solved.