do I experience pain during intercourse?
should never be painful. If you are having pain during
intercourse, stop. Sex is supposed to be pleasurable, and pain
indicates that something is wrong. In many cases, your
partner's actions can cause pain, such as going too
fast or penetrating from an awkward position. Never
hesitate to ask your partner to slow down or move to
make you more comfortable.
common cause of pain during sex is the lack of natural
lubrication in the vagina. If you are not aroused during
sex, you may experience this, although women often do
not produce enough lubrication on their own. Try using
a water-based lubricant or purchase lubricated condoms
if you think this is the problem.
of the vagina and uterus to respond to sexual arousal
can also cause discomfort. The vagina may be too snug
for intercourse or the uterus may not be raised so that
the penis comes in contact with the cervix during penetration.
muscles near the vaginal opening may also be the cause
of some discomfort during intercourse. Various problems
can occur depending on the state of these muscles. Vaginismus
is a condition in which these muscles are extremely
tight which causes intercourse to be painful and in
some cases impossible. The way to check to see if vaginismus
is a problem is for the woman to examine herself with
her fingers. If she feels that the vaginal walls are
much tighter than normal, then it may be vaginismus.
Vaginismus is not a permanent condition. It is usually
caused by nervousness or anxiety. Make sure that you
engage in foreplay before intercourse. This will help
you produce a healthy amount of lubrication, and should
make you more relaxed. If foreplay does not help you
lubricate, try a lubricant (water-based if you are using
a condom). Try to reduce the pressure to perform. Fortunately,
few women have vaginismus so severely that they have
to go for treatment. For most women, it is just important
inflammation of the vagina has the potential to cause
problems during sexual intercourse. Infections of the
vaginal region due to yeast, herpes, etc. can make intercourse
uncomfortable. Creams, fabric or perfumes may also cause
irritation which makes intercourse painful. It is best
to examine the vaginal area or the products that are
being used to determine whether they are causing this
with intercourse may also be experienced by women for
whom it is the first time having sex. Breakage of the
hymen and other sensitive tissue can cause discomfort
during penetration. The best advice is to take it slow,
or begin with forms of penetration other than intercourse.