Q: It hurts when I have intercourse with my husband. What could be causing this?
A: That’s a great question! In a recent survey, National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, conducted by Indiana University, approximately 30% of all women, ages 18 to 59, reported some difficulty with pain the last time that they had sex.
But why? Well, there can be many reasons why women experience pain during intercourse. Painful sex could be a sign of a medical issue such as infections, endometriosis, a partially intact hymen, etc. It could also be due to a disorder called Vaginismus. Thus, it’s really important to talk to your doctor to rule out any medical causes for the pain you experience during intercourse.
Another reason could be that there is just not enough lubrication during intercourse. It’s really important to make sure you are really aroused (more foreplay!) and that you use plenty of lubricant. If the pain persists and you have ruled out a medical cause, don’t suffer in silence. Seek help from a Clinical Sexologist or Sex Therapist.
Hope that helps!
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