Painful Sex: Causes and Treatment

Woman Consulting With DoctorNearly 3 out of 4 women experience pain during sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. Occasional pain can be caused by a spectrum of issues, including problems with sexual response due to medications, relationship problems and even your state of mind, which can lead to a lack of desire or arousal. But when pain is persistent and ongoing, it could be a sign of a more serious gynecologic problem. If you are experiencing discomfort and pain during sex, the specialists at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine in Millburn, NJ are prepared to help.

Female Sexual Disorders

Persistent pain during sexual intercourse can be attributed to a number of medical issues, from vaginismus, an involuntary contraction of pelvic floor muscles, to menopause, the point in time when menstrual periods stop permanently. It can also be caused by problems relating to sexual response.

Many women report pain in the vulva, around the opening of the vagina, on the perineum or inside the vagina. Pain may also be felt in the lower back, pelvic region, uterus or bladder. The pain and discomfort you experience may be a warning sign of a more serious condition, so if painful sex is an ongoing issue, it’s important to seek out medical care.

Causes of Sexual Pain

  • Vaginal Infection
  • Vaginismus
  • Fibroid
  • Cervical Infection
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian Problems
  • Menopause
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Injury or Trauma
  • Emotional and Psychological Factors
  • Painful Bladder Syndrome
  • Congenital Abnormalities
  • Hormonal Factors
  • Musculoskeletal – Pelvic Floor Factors

How We Can Help

At the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine, we provide the personalized care services to detect and treat female sexual disorders. Our team of medical experts can offer the appropriate medical solutions to help alleviate the pain felt during sex, so you can return to your normal sexual activities. Contact us to learn more about the sources of discomfort during sexual intercourse and to schedule your appointment today.

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