Sex is a special connection in your relationship. The last thing you want is to have pain during a time of intimacy. However pain during sex can and does happen. These’re 7 pesky things that can cause pain during sex and some tips on how to deal with them.
1. Vaginal Infections
Vaginal infections are unpleasant, to say the least. In addition to the itching, burning and irritation, you can easily have pain during sex. The best thing you can do here is to abstain from sex until you get the infection under control. There’re lots of over the counter options to treat a yeast infection but bacterial vaginitis is an infection you need to see your doctor about. Both are very common and very treatable so you should be over this issue quickly.
2. A Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections are very painful. You want to see your doctor right away if you have burning upon urination, frequent urination, or back pain. Most UTIs are easily cleared up with an antibiotic but they’re miserable in the meantime. I’ve had my share of them and have learned a few tips to help make them a less frequent occurrence. Cut back on soda, coffee and tea and drink more water. Also, urinating before and after sex can help prevent them.
Just hearing the term “STD” can strike fear in your heart. And it’s true that there’re some very dangerous STDs out there. But many are easily treatable. Never be afraid to see your doctor because you’re embarrassed. Chances are very high you’re only one of hundreds they’ve treated with the same condition over their career.
4. Ovarian Cysts and Uterine Fibroids
Certain female problems can cause pain during sex. Ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids are two common culprits. They can be caused by a variety of medical conditions that only your doctor can determine. Thankfully, there’re solutions for both conditions. Medications and sometimes surgical procedures are the key to eliminating this issue for you so you and your sex life can get back on track.
Vaginal dryness can cause pain during sex. This can happen because of several different reasons. Hormone changes are one culprit. Side effects from medications are another. Antihistamines and antidepressants are just a couple that can cause low libido or dryness. Talk to your doctor for advice on the best options for you.
Endometriosis is a painful condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside of it. It can cause painful sex, very painful and heavy periods and other female issues. It’s a condition that’s treatable, though. There’re options you and your doctor can discuss to find the best treatment plan for you. You don’t have to suffer with endometriosis forever.
7. Injury from Childbirth
Pain can be quite painful following childbirth. The first thing you want to do to prevent this is to wait until you’ve gotten your doctor’s okay to have sex again. Even after the doctor’s okay, there can be some pain. Remember that your body is still healing and it can take some time. Try taking things slow and using a lubricant if necessary. If this problem doesn’t improve after the first few times of having sex again then let your doctor know what’s going on.
These’re some things that can cause pain during sex. Is this an issue for you? If so, reach out to your doctor for help.