What We Need to Know About Painful Sexual Intercourse

What You Don’t Know About Pre-Marriage Medical Tests

By Lady Efenyi.

 

Sex is meant to be enjoyed for satisfaction. So, if you experience painful sexual intercourse, that is a major red flag and you should see a doctor immediately. I know in this part of the world (Africa); sex is not discussed freely but is assured that doctors will be there to help.

Pain during or after sex is called dyspareunia and is caused by many things such as:

  • Illness
  • Infection
  • a Physical problem
  • A psychological problem.

Painful Sexual Intercourse in Women

Women can experience pain during or after sex, either in the vagina or deeper in the pelvis. Pain in the vagina could be caused by:

  • an infection – thrush or a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or genital herpes
  • the menopause – changing hormone levels can make your vagina dry and lack sexual arousal at any age
  • vaginismus – a condition where muscles in or around the vagina shut tightly, making sex painful or impossible genital irritation or allergy caused by spermicides, latex condoms, or products such as soap and shampoo.

Pain felt inside the pelvis can be caused by conditions such as:

  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • endometriosis
  • Fibroids growing near the vagina or cervix
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Constipation
What We Need to Know About Painful Sexual Intercourse
    Lady Efenyi

     

    Painful Sexual Intercourse in Men

    Some causes of painful sex in men include:

    • infections like thrush, which can cause soreness and itching, and some STIs, such as herpes
    • A tight foreskin, which can make penetration painful, as the foreskin is pushed back small tears in the foreskin that can’t be seen but cause soreness and sharp, stinging pain around the tear inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis) testicle pain, and swelling which can sometimes be caused by getting sexually aroused but not ejaculating (coming); it can also be a sign of an infection, such as chlamydia.

    Remedies for Painful Sexual Intercourse

    The remedy is simple. See a physician or health counselor. You may be advised to do the following;

    • If you have pain, unusual discharge, itchiness, or soreness around your genitals, they may recommend treatment for thrush or an STI test.
    • If your vagina is dry, you may be advised to try using a lubricant – remember to use a water-based product if you’re using condoms because oil-based lubricants can damage them and make them ineffective.
    • If you have an allergy or irritation around your genitals, you may be advised to avoid using products that could be causing it.
    • If there’s an emotional reason or anxiety that’s causing problems, a counselor or sex therapist may be able to help – your GP or sexual health clinic can refer you to one.

    Go forth and enjoy sex!

    RELATEDLY READ: I Can’t Get Him to Open Up

    • Lady Efenyi is a nursing student at the University of Calabar, Nigeria

     

    Share

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    Next Post

    Key Hot Spots You Never Thought to Spritz Perfume

    Fri Sep 2 , 2022
    213 Apart from applying perfumes on your wrist, clothes, etc, did you also know you can apply it to other parts of your body? Forget the wrists, ears, and necks that are on the usual to-do list when you spritz on your favorite fragrance; there are key hot spots that […]
    Essential Bags for Men

    Recent Posts

    Archives

    Categories

    Advert

    Students Fashon week advert