Do you find yourself avoiding intercourse because it’s too painful?

Painful intercourse is a common problem for many women, but if you’ve had a chance to read our latest blog, then you already know that many things cause painful intercourse, some of which may even require medical treatment. Our OBGYN in Venice also told you about a few of the most common causes of painful sex. Keep reading to learn more:

#4. Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness can make intercourse incredibly painful, and although menopause is one of the most common culprits for vaginal dryness, it isn’t the only thing that can cause it. Hormonal changes (like during breastfeeding, chemotherapy or after childbirth), certain medications (usually asthma medications or antihistamines), irritants, anxiety and insufficient arousal can all lead to vaginal dryness. If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, use a lubricant during sex and talk to your doctor.

#5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Many people don’t think of sexual consequences when they think of IBS, but there is a link between the two. Studies have found that women who have IBS are more likely to experience painful menstruation, intense PMS and painful intercourse than women who don’t. If you suffer from IBS, talk to your doctor about treatment options.

#6. Genital Fit

If you are petite and you have a large partner, then you may experience painful intercourse. While there is no real treatment option for this problem, you can try using lubricant, having gentler sex or changing positions to decrease your discomfort.

If you are experiencing painful intercourse and you are unsure what is causing it, contact us at University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology today.