Painful Sex for Women

PAINFUL SEX FOR WOMEN

Experiencing some pain or discomfort during sex is fairly common. However is you experience significant pain during and after intercourse it could indicate other problems.

WHAT COULD CAUSE PAIN DURING SEX

If you regularly find sex painful, you should visit your doctor to check there are no underlying causes. Painful sex falls into two categories: deep pain and superficial pain.

CAUSES OF DEEP PAIN DURING SEX

Deep pain is when you feel pain deep inside you and/or in the pelvis over the pubic area. This particularly happens with deep penetration. Common causes of deep pain include:

CAUSES OF SUPERFICIAL PAIN DURING SEX

Superficial pain is when you feel pain before the penis has fully entered into your vagina. For example, at the entrance of your vagina rather than deep inside. Common causes of superficial pain include:

  • a skin condition like eczema

  • thrush

  • injury to part of your vagina

  • a foreign body being inside the vagina

  • having a dry vagina often during menopause or after childbirth

  • STI’s such as genital herpes.

YOUR NEXT STEP

If you regularly find sex painful, you should visit your doctor to check there are no underlying causes. If you are concerned about any gynaecological problem that may require further investigation take action.

Dr Alexander can offer advice on a possible diagnosis, further investigations and suitable treatment.

First, we would advise that you see your general practitioner and possibly obtain a referral to see Dr Alexander at http://www.my-obgyn.com.au/