Vaginal Pain During Sex
Vaginal pain during sex can be uncomfortable to feel… and to talk about. But, some causes are very common, and there are things you can do to address it.
Non-medical causes include rough sex, not enough foreplay, and lack of lubrication.
If your partner’s being too rough be sure to let them know! Some people may copy what they’ve seen on TV, the internet or porn and most of these don’t show how women actually get off! Look to each other for cues about what feels good and what doesn’t. Communication is the key to great sex for everyone!
Lubrication helps make sex comfortable. Making sure to have plenty of foreplay will help your body naturally lubricate, but if you could still use more moisture don’t be shy to reach for the tube! Using plenty of lube, being gentle during sex, and keeping fingernails short for digital penetration (fingering) can help reduce pain.
Medical conditions like thrush and urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause pain during sex and urination. These conditions aren’t sexually transmissible, and generally require medication to treat. So visit your GP.
Allergic reactions to latex condoms can cause pain and an itchy rash. If you react to latex, use condoms made from polyisoprene or polyurethane.
There are times when pain is the result of an STI. If you feel a deep pelvic pain or have vaginal bleeding during penetrative sex, it’s important to see a doctor. Most STIs are easily treated with prescription medicine. Getting tested is super simple too.
Long story short, there are lots of different things that can lead to pain during sex - some of them you can work through with your partner, and others your doctor can diagnose and treat. If you’re experiencing new pain, pain that won’t go away, or you’re noticing symptoms that bother you, pay a quick visit to your doctor. Don’t worry, they won’t judge!
If you want to know more you can ring 1800 451 624 between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk with a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential and free if you call from a landline.
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