Help to Get Your Sex Life Back on Track
Painful intercourse can be a real problem for sexually active adults. What should be a pleasant experience can become very uncomfortable. Rather than avoid having sex, you should first consider possible causes and treatment options. Here are three common causes of pain during sex and how to deal with them.
Yeast infections are a very common problem that affects nearly 75% of adult women at some point in their lives. Symptoms can include a burning sensation and severe itching as well as pain. Some will notice a cottage cheese-like discharge as well. There are over-the-counter treatments available that may provide relief. If the condition becomes severe or returns frequently, then you should speak to your gynecologist to look for underlying issues or other causes.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is an infection found in the reproductive organs. You may notice irregular bleeding, discharge, painful urination, and fever as well as pain during intercourse. The discomfort is usually noticed during penetration when contact is made with the cervix. PID happens when bacteria enters the system. It’s usually caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia. Your doctor can diagnose the problem and may prescribe antibiotics.
Vaginal dryness can occur as a symptom of menopause. It can also appear in younger women as a side effect of medications like decongestants or birth control pills. This condition will cause discomfort during penetration that feels like sandpaper. A lubricant may be all that’s required in mild cases. Contact your gynecologist if the problem persists or becomes more severe. Your doctor can provide a diagnosis and treatment to alleviate discomfort so you can enjoy sex again.
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