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Reasons for Painful Sex

 
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Sex is supposed to be pleasurable and romantic. Movies often lead to high expectations of a really positive experience. However, various medical problems can severely affect a person’s sexual enjoyment.

Pain during intercourse can be caused by many things, including:

Lack of arousal or fear

If you aren’t in the mood or not enough time has been taken before penetration is attempted, this can result in pain. You might also be afraid, for instance, if it is your first time or if you have recently given birth. Spending more time on foreplay might ease the discomfort.

Hormonal Imbalances

If you have had a baby and are breastfeeding, you will have lower estrogen levels, which can cause vaginal dryness. This is only temporary and can be remedied by using a sexual lubricant.

Ladies who have gone through menopause may also experience lower estrogen levels and pain with intercourse. This can be treated with an estrogen replacement cream, pessary or vaginal ring. If you don’t want to use hormone replacement therapy, an ordinary lubricant may help.

Childbirth

In addition to lack of estrogen, the actual physical process of childbirth can cause painful intercourse. The muscles and tissue around the vagina will be bruised and may feel sore, and if the woman has had stitches, it may hurt too much to have penetration during sex.

There’s no set rule for how long couples should wait to resume their sex life after childbirth, but most doctors say to wait six weeks when the post-natal check is done. If you leave it until then, or later, you may find you aren’t as dry or sore.

Men should not perform oral sex on their partners for several months after childbirth because this can cause a vaginal infection or an infection of the uterus. In rare cases, it may also cause a life threatening condition called air embolism.

This can occur after oral sex when a man accidently blows air into the woman. The air can then get into the blood vessels more easily than normal because the uterus is newly delivered.

This can prove deadly, and there have been cases of women dying after childbirth due to having oral sex too soon.

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Anonymous

Vulvodynia is one of the main causes of painful intercourse. For more information on vulvodynia including help with a doctor referral and a regional support contact, please go to:
www.nva.org

February 16, 2012 - 11:20pm
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