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Pain During and After Sex – Women

Women all over the world have reported this condition. Scientifically, pain during and after sex is referred to as ‘dyspareunia’ which is Greek for difficulty in mating. The pain may be immediate or takes sometime before manifesting, it can also be short lived or ongoing, and this article discuss the causes and possible treatments for this ailment.

Causes of pain during and after sex in women

  • Sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia, herpes, etc. If you have an infection from an STI then it is probable that it is the cause of continued pain during intercourse and you should have it looked at. Other vaginal infections can cause pain too.
  • Changes in sexual behavior where people are adopting prior to though impossible positions in which to have sex. This dramatic change in sex positions may be causing your pain.
  • Inadequate production of lubrication by your vagina during sex. This is supposed to ease the friction during penetration and the actual sex act, but if you are not producing enough then the sex becomes painful due to friction.
  • Problems with the pelvis can cause pain deep within the pelvis. Such conditions include ovarian cysts and endometriosis (a condition where uterine cells are growing on abdominal areas).
  • Vaginismus, where the vagina contracts especially before sex in an effort to stop the penetration. It is linked to infections, fear of the sexual act like in virgins or scarring of the vagina.
  • Sometimes, the urethra may get irritated during the sex act and it will start to hurt a few hours later.
  • There are also reports of emotional pain but experienced in this area. In some cases, women have reported pain during sex. Yet, there is no physical evidence of anything being wrong. In these situations, the problem is a mental issue.


Treatments for pain during and after sex

  • If it is an STI, get it treated as soon as possible.
  • For vaginal dryness, water-based lubricants can be found in drug stores.
  • For deep pelvic pain, it is best to see a gynecologist and have more extensive tests done.
  • Sex positions that put less pressure on the front of the vagina can be adopted to stop urethra irritation.
  • In the case of emotionally related pain, a psychologist can be consulted and whatever underlying issues are dealt with.

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