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Painful Sex? A Visit To The Doctor's Office May Be In Order

For most women, sex is an enjoyable experience. When a woman experiences pain, it should not be considered normal. In fact, it means you should visit the doctor's office. It is important to seek assistance if you have female genitalia and believe you are experiencing any of the following issues.

1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Several STDs and infections can cause painful sexual intercourse. They include gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, trichomoniasis, and herpes. It is important to get tested regularly, especially if you have had multiple sexual partners.

2. Vulvodynia

Do you experience pain in your vulva even when you are not having intercourse? The reason could be vulvodynia, a complex issue that doctors may not even be able to pinpoint the cause for. Often, this irritation is linked to lifestyle, but occasionally surgical solutions and medications may be helpful.

3. Vaginismus

Vaginismus is a condition that leads to the involuntary tightening of the vaginal muscles, especially during intercourse. This can also happen during the insertion of a tampon, for example. A doctor may advise physical therapy following a diagnosis.

4. Dryness

Dryness is often associated with hormonal issues, including menopause. No matter the reason why you may be able to arrive at a solution that involves hormones or lubrication that eases the pain you experience during intercourse. In some cases, the cause of dryness may be more serious, requiring more significant treatment.

5. Bladder Conditions 

Bladder issues, which can include issues like prolapse, can also lead to painful sexual intercourse. Physical therapy, surgery, or medication may be the answer to treating a bladder condition causing you pain.

6. Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer can also lead to a significant amount of pain during intercourse. Cervical cancer can be deadly if it is left untreated, and it is important that you spot the signs of cervical cancer as early on as possible.

7. Physical Injury

In some cases, people have physical injuries that lead them to experience serious pain. You might have a tear or some other physical injury that needs treatment. Infection may result without treatment, so seeing a doctor is critical.

Talk to Your Doctor

Do you want the pain to stop? Make an appointment with a local doctor today to learn about potential solutions and a diagnosis. You do not have to experience pain every time you have intercourse, and it may even have consequences on your overall health.