Painful Intercourse

What is painful intercourse?

A large percentage of women experience discomfort during sexual intercourse at some point during their lives. In the medical world, pain during sex is known as dyspareunia, and can range in severity depending on the cause of pain. Painful sex can be caused by a large range of conditions, including vaginal dryness, structural problems, and psychological issues. There are numerous treatment options for improving sexual pleasure and decreasing discomfort during intercourse, which range depending on the underlying issue causing the vaginal pain during sex.

What causes painful intercourse?

Pain during intercourse may result from any of the following sexual health problems:

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is one of the main complaints of women who experience decreased sexual pleasure or pain during sex. Excessive friction on the vaginal tissues without proper lubrication can not only cause pain, but can cause long-lasting damage when left untreated.

Vaginal Trauma

Patients who have suffered from vaginal trauma may have long-term tissue damage that affects your ability to properly lubricate and enjoy sex.

Vaginal Birth Defect

Some vaginal abnormalities, such as an imperforate hymen (skin blocking the vaginal opening) or vaginal agenesis (non-fully formed vagina), can cause pain during penetration or thrusting.

Vaginal Scarring

Pelvic surgeries, such as hysterectomy, can cause scar tissue to form in the vagina, which may cause pain during intercourse.

Stress

Because sexual pleasure is intertwined with emotions and psychological wellbeing, sometimes factors such as stress, depression, or other factors can cause vaginal tension as well as pain during intercourse.

Certain Illnesses

Illnesses, such as endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and pelvic inflammatory disease, can cause side effects that lead to painful sex.

What are the symptoms of painful intercourse?

If you experience any of the following symptoms of painful intercourse, it is important to visit an expert in women’s sexual health at New York Center of Aesthetic Rejuvenation:

  • Pain during penetration (entrance of the vagina)
  • Pain during thrusting (deep inside the vagina)
  • Pain that seems to have come on suddenly
  • Pain during tampon insertion
  • Burning or aching during sex
  • Throbbing pain during or after sex

How is painful intercourse treated?

Most causes for painful intercourse can be treated at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation. Depending on the reason for your painful intercourse, our skilled physicians may recommend one of many available treatment options, including:

If you’re suffering from painful intercourse, the first step to revitalizing and improving your sexual and physical wellness is to schedule a consultation at New York Center for Aesthetic Rejuvenation in New York City. Our specialists are highly experienced in vaginal rejuvenation treatments and are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best. Call one of our locations or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment today.

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