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 in to two categories: deep pain and superficial pain.
CAUSES OF DEEP PAIN DURING SEX
Deep pain is when you feel pain deep inside you, such as when your partner thrusts, or when the penis or sex aide is fully inside you. Common causes of deep pain include:
- endometriosis – a condition where cells that line the uterus (womb) grow in other parts of the body
- pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – a condition where the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries may become inflamed
- fibroids – growths in the womb
- ectopic pregnancy – where the foetus grows outside of the womb
- recent childbirth
- sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea
- constipation or irritable bowel syndrome
- having a partner with a large penis
- having a dry vagina.
CAUSES OF SUPERFICIAL PAIN DURING SEX
Superficial pain is when you feel pain before the penis has fully entered in to 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
- 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 gyneacological problem that may require further investigation take action.
Dr Gailani 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 Gailani at http://www.omargailani.com.au/