Painful Sex Before, During and After Intercourse
The clinical term for pain before, during and after sex is Dyspareunia.
There are a number of different types of pain a woman may experience during sexual activity, and it is important to see a practitioner who is able to help identify the source of the pain, something that may be difficult for a patient herself to do.Once a practitioner can differentiate between sources of the pain, one or more conditions can be specified.
Conditions causing painful sex
Causes of painful sex
- Insufficient lubrication may cause the penis to irritate the skin
- Muscles may have tightened due to age, childbirth, disuse or other reasons, and they may need to be stretched
- There may be a nerve positioned in such a way that the penis pushes against it causing pain during intercourse
- A muscular or bone formation has shifted causing pain during sex or any other type of contact
- Psychological factors
Treating painful intercourse
The goal of any form of treatment is to reduce the pain or discomfort. Treatment may include:
- Use of vaginal dilators
- Trying to increase lubrication through topical creams
- Using hormone therapy
- Increasing the blood flow with Viagra, a vibrator or a suction/pump
- Experimenting with different lubrications
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy to strengthen supporting muscles to alleviate pressure from other related muscles
- Exploring psychological factors that may be contributing
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