Pain With Intercourse
Sex Should Be Pleasurable, Not Painful…
…so if it has become uncomfortable or painful for you, in any way, you need to seek treatment to restore you to full health!
According to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, an astounding 75% of women in America will experience pain during sex at some point in their lives. It might be intermittent, or continuous, it might be mild or feel more serious. Whatever the feeling, or the cause, it isn’t something that you should live with. It isn’t your fault, it isn’t something to be ashamed of and it absolutely is something that we can treat!
Sex Should Be Pleasurable…
…so if it isn’t, it’s time to seek help!
Sex should absolutely be an intimate, pleasurable, satisfying, & stimulating experience! If you feel that it has become painful, or uncomfortable, it is time to find out why. As a medical practice and experts in sexual medicine, treatments & therapies, we are very well versed in finding the exact root cause of your discomfort, fixing it, then optimizing your wellness in every area, including within your intimate life, & intimate relationships.
What Causes Pain During Sex?
Pain during sex can be attributed to a number of possible reasons, some minor, and some indication of a more serious condition, so we always encourage people to seek treatment to rule out anything more serious (alongside restoring the fun & satisfaction to your sex life, of course!). While sometimes the underlying cause is relatively simple, often it can also signal the existence of uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, hemorrhoids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) infections, cystitis, a retroverted uterus, uterine prolapse or another more complex condition that it we really need to treat and resolve. The key is to seek help swiftly to rule out these more complex issues.
Generally, however, we find that pain during sex can be attributable to a range of common, more straightforward causes. Let’s take a look at a few of these most common causes, explain why they might be causing the discomfort that you feel, and explain what we can do about them.
Vaginal dryness is a common problem for women, especially during and after menopause. Dryness can be caused by the drop in estrogen associated with the age-related hormonal shifts that characterize the menopausal phase, which often impacts vaginal lubrication and blood flow to the genital area. Dryness doesn’t just make sex painful – it can lead to infections, and also disrupt the good bacteria in the vagina, leading to more complex problems.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
According to the National Institutes of Health, pelvic floor dysfunction affects around a quarter of all women, and can often become an issue for women after childbirth. Pelvic floor dysfunction can also lead to the muscles of the pelvis becoming very tight causing pain, discomfort, and difficulties in having sex.
Vulvodynia, Vaginismus & UTI’s
Up to 17% of women are thought to experience a kind of muscle tightness known as vaginismus (now also referred to as genito pelvic pain penetration disorder), where the opening of the vagina become tightly contracted, which can make penetration hurt, or even stop sex becoming a possibility altogether.
Vulvodynia (common in the 18-25-year-old age group) is another relatively common condition affecting around 16% of younger women, where the patient experiences serious pain at the opening of the vagina which can cause a burning sensation or a feeling of itching or soreness. Bacterial, yeast or sexually transmitted infections can also cause pain, and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) remain a leading cause, with up to 60% of all women thought to experience a UTI at some point in their life.
Ovarian cysts or fibroids (non-cancerous growths) are other culprits, with around 18% of postmenopausal women thought to suffer from the former, and around 26 million American women having the latter (uterine fibroids) during some point in their life span (although not all report symptoms).
How Can We Help?
The most important factor in treating pain during intercourse is in finding the RIGHT treatment. This is based on having a clear knowledge of the EXACT root cause of your symptoms & pain – something that we, as a medical practice, excel at.
Often, women experience misdiagnosis when many conditions (such as Interstitial Cystitis and UTIs) share many of the same symptoms, leading to incorrect diagnoses, physical damage left unchecked & allowed to progress further unneeded antibiotics, and ultimately a missed opportunity to heal. We have the medical knowledge, experiencing, testing, treatments & therapies to dial down to the root cause of EXACTLY what is causing your pain & discomfort, which places us at a hugely advantageous position in treating you rapidly, safely & effectively.
When we have found the exact cause of your pain & discomfort, we utilize our impressive suite of treatments & therapies to lead you back onto the path of optimized health. By treating the root cause, and not only the symptoms (as is often the case with other practitioners), we ensure that we stop the problem from recurring again. We offer a range of treatments & therapies including soundwave technology, radio frequency technology, laser treatment, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), and a range of dietary & supplement-focused interventions to maximize everything from vaginal lubrication to the health of bacteria in your vagina.
Enjoy A Wonderful Intimate Life Once Again!
Let us get on with the business of treating your pain & discomfort, providing you with a happy return to the satisfying sex that you used to enjoy, and giving you the ability & peace of mind to get on with the business of enjoying life! If you, or someone you know, would benefit from treatment for sexual pain &/or discomfort, we look forward to hearing from you so that we can help restore the full quality of life to you once again!
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