Pain and Sex: Painful Intercourse Treatment
Do you know that 3 out of 4 women suffer from pain after intercourse at some point in life?
Sometimes it is a temporary condition, whereas other times it is a long-term condition.
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia can help. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat intercourse-related pain.
What is painful intercourse?
Pain during intercourse is called dyspareunia. It is a fairly common condition that many people do not report to the doctor. This means that intercourse pain does not get treated if it is unreported.
Women suffer from this painful condition more often than men, however, men can still experience pain during sex, too.
Pain is typically felt in the vagina, vulva, the perineum, uterus, bladder, pelvic region, or the lower back either during or after sex.
It is always best to keep an eye on any symptoms you may be experiencing and talk to your doctor right away.
Common Symptoms of Painful Intercourse
- burning sensation
- a ripping feeling
- tearing sensation
- aching feeling
- pelvic floor pain
- pain of the sexual organs
- emotional problems due to painful sex
- coccydynia (tailbone pain)
If you suffer from severe or frequent pain after sex, call your doctor right away for an appointment.
What Causes Painful Intercourse?
- vaginal inflammation
- chronic and persistent yeast infections
- pelvic floor damage after childbirth or surgery
- ovarian cyst
- lack of sexual desire
- lack of sexual arousal
- skin disorders that affect the vulva
- vulvodynia pain disorder
- hormonal changes
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- allergic reaction
- vaginal dryness
Treatment and Care Options
A multi-disciplinary treatment program is the best approach to treat pain during sex.
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia has a team to offer a comprehensive treatment plan to include care from:
- physical therapists
- pain management specialists
Physical therapy, surgery, or medications may be necessary.
Several other treatment options exist for treating sex pain, but the treatment depends solely on what is causing the condition. Once we find the cause, our doctors can speak with you about further treatment options.
Managing Intercourse Pain
If you experience pain after sex and you’re a female, apply ice to the vulva area. To prevent pain in the future, you can try the following before having sex:
- Use a lubricant.
- Empty the bladder.
- Take OTC pain medications.
- Take a warm bath.
- Communicate with your partner.
- Make time for sex so you are not anxious or tired.
What Should You Do Now?
If you are experiencing painful sex symptoms, don’t ignore what you feel. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to rule out any major problems.
You can schedule your first consultation appointment with one of our trained doctors. We look forward to providing top-notch treatment to lessen your painful symptoms.