As a woman, there are many reasons that you may experience pain during intercourse. Here are a a few of them along with some remedies to help minimize the discomfort:
As a woman becomes menopausal, hormonal changes can result in vaginal dryness. This condition can cause the friction of intercourse to result in painful sex. To help increase vaginal moisture levels, supplemental hormones, such as estrogen, may be prescribed.
In addition, sexual lubricants can be used to help ensure that the genitalia remain moist during sex. Many over-the-counter products are water-based to help ensure that any condoms or other contraceptives barriers that may be used during intercourse remain intact. However, there are also natural lubricants, such as coconut oil, which can be used. Still, an oily lubricant can cause a condom to be more apt to break. In addition, if you are concerned about pregnancy, some lubricants can lessen the effectiveness of spermicides.
It is important to find a lubricant with which you feel comfortable. Nowadays, some over-the-counter lubricants have additives to create various sensations during intercourse. Nevertheless, some women find these additives irritating. In some cases, they may even cause allergic reactions or make intercourse more uncomfortable. As a result, it is best to stick to lubricants and that you know work well with your body. If you have never used a lubricant before, look for a water-based product that is hypoallergenic.
Emotional or Mental Disconnections
Sex can become painful if you are not emotionally or mentally prepared for intercourse. In such instances, it can be important to set a romantic mood with your partner before sex. Choosing an appropriate atmosphere that includes a comfortable setting, appropriate music and romantic lighting can help you feel less stressed and more connected during sex.
In addition, be sure to discuss concerns with your partner and choose positions that you find comfortable. Maintaining open communication throughout sex can help ensure that intercourse is pleasurable instead of painful.
Some women suffer from a condition called uterine prolapse in which the uterus falls or drops into the vaginal canal. This condition, which often occurs after pregnancy, can make intercourse painful.
Minor cases of uterine prolapse may be able to be corrected by performing exercises such as kegels, which strengthen the pelvic and vaginal muscles.
Severe cases of prolapse may require surgical intervention.
If you are experiencing pain during intercourse, schedule a consultation with your physician, such as one from Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health.