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Women and pain during sex. How common is the problem?

Women and pain during sex. How common is the problem?

Very: Pain with intercourse could be at the time of penetration or with deep penetration. They could be secondary to infection, endometriosis, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor muscle spasms, uterine fibroids, among the most common gynecologic causes. ...Read more

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
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Pain During Sex (Definition)

For both men and women, pain can occur in the pelvic area during or soon after sexual intercourse. It can happen at any time during sex -- for example, at the time of penetration, erection, or ejaculation -- or after sexual activity. Eventually, ongoing pain may cause a person to lose interest in any sexual activity. The medical term ...Read more


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I've had pain during sex and endometriosis has been ruled out. I've recently had sex and bled afterwards. Is it possibly my ovaries thats the problem?

I've had pain during sex and endometriosis has been ruled out. I've recently had sex and bled afterwards. Is it possibly my ovaries thats the problem?

Hard to say: If endometriosis has been ruled out through laparoscopy then potentially the pain is from your ovaries. Occasionally an ovarian cyst can cause pain with intercourse. If a laparoscopy has not been performed then there still needs to be some concern that endometriosis or scarring can be present. Bleeding after intercourse is more of a cervical issue. ...Read more

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Pain during sex I have been complaining to my doctor and gyno. For years about my pain during sex. It's so painful it makes me cry. I don't even like sex now. I never used to have this problem. I always had an awesome sex life until the last few years

Pain during sex I have been complaining to my doctor and gyno. For years about my pain during sex.  It's so painful it makes me cry.  I don't even like sex now.  I never used to have this problem.

I always had an awesome sex life until the last few years

Chronic : Chronic or recurrent pain during, before or after intercourse is called dyspareunia. There are a number of possible physical causes. You mentioned a history of sexually transmitted diseases. One possible complication of sexually transmitted diseases or infections is pelvic inflammatory disease. There are a variety of other conditions such as enodometriosis which could cause pain during intercourse. If the woman’s genital area is not lubricated it could lead to pain. Some medications can cause a decrease in lubrication. You indicated that you developed this problem just prior to leaving your last partner. If there is not a change in your medical status, no injuries, no new medications which might impact sexual arousal or vaginal lubrication, no adverse reactions to new methods of birth control; have not had a baby recently, you are not perimenopausal etc; then it might be appropriate to look at other possible factors. A woman’s vagina becomes lubricated when she is sexually stimulated. If your partner is not aware of how to arouse you or there is inadequate foreplay, you might not be adequately lubricated prior to penile penetration. If there is tension in the relationship with your partner or if there is a lot of stress in general, that can effect your sexual response. If there has been a previous history of sexual abuse, even if you have been having satisfactory sex, it might create symptoms at a later time. I recommend that you give your partner feedback if there is inadequate foreplay or provide specifics about what you find stimulating. I recommend that the next time you talk with your doctor or gynecologist that you tell him/ her directly that painful sex is impacting your life and that you want to be evaluated specifically for this problem. It is important however, that if you want the focus to be on dyspareunia that you don’t bring it up in the context of a number of different medical issues. Hopefully, your medical provider will be responsive to your concern using this approach. ...Read more

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I had a vaginal hysterectomy yrs ago. Have problems with urinary incont, pelvic pain and pain during sex. Is this normal side effect from surgery

I had a vaginal hysterectomy yrs ago. Have problems with urinary incont, pelvic pain and pain during sex. Is this normal side effect from surgery

Common, not normal: Lost of urine with coughing and sneezing may follow the weakening of the pelvic floor. Weight gain, smoking, ethnicity and previous pelvic surgery may contribute to this very treatable condition. ...Read more

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Woman with burning urination, pain during sex, itching. Help?

Woman with burning urination, pain during sex, itching.  Help?

Lots of options: A yeast infection is pretty likely, but there are many more options. Too dry, too long, too rough, penis too big, vagina too small, sex under water, infections, etc. If the problem does not resolve, it is time to call your family doctor. ...Read more

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I have pain during sex ?

I have pain during sex ?

Menopause?: It is more than likely due to hormonal changes. It would be useful to see your doctor to see if hormone replacement is warranted. It would also be helpful to have an examination to rule out other causes. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/guide/female-pain-during-sex ...Read more

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What can pain during sex mean?

Male/ female? deep: Or superficial. I am assuming that u e a woman but don't know for sure. Deep pain-have u had prior surgery (adhesions), ovarian cysts, endometriosis, hx of uterine fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease, is your uterus tilted toward the back ? There are many possible causes. Please see your gynecologist to evaluate for cause. Often correctable causes can identified. ...Read more

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Why do i fell pain during sex?

Endometriosis: You could have endometriosis and you should have a thorough pelvic exam to check for this and ovarian cysts and infections too ...Read more

Sexual Intercourse (Definition)

Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


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