For women, vaginal penetration that you desire shouldn’t hurt, yet sometimes discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse or penetration may occur. Your pelvic floor plays a major role in sexual functioning. For instance, if you have vulvar pain or post-ejaculatory pain, you’ll understandably develop hesitation around sex. For some patients, their symptoms might even make sex all but impossible.
Issues down there? You’re not alone.
Pain during intercourse is very common—nearly 3 out of 4 women have pain during intercourse at some time during their lives. For some women, the pain is only a temporary problem; for others, it is a long-term problem.
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Dyspareunia: Pain during sexual intercourse at sexual entry (penetration) or deep pain during shearing.
Vaginismus: Involuntary tightening of the vagina. Often during intercourse, gynecological exam or when inserting tampon. Often caused by muscle spasms.
Vulvodynia: Chronic pain or discomfort around the opening of your vagina (vulva).
Endometriosis: Disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus and may require surgical intervention.
Genito-urinary symptoms of menopause: Changes that occur with or after menopause (natural or induced) that can affect the vagina, vulva, urethra and bladder.
Pain with penetration, including putting in a tampon or gynecological exams.
Burning pain or aching pain at perineum (area between anus and scrotum or vulva).
Throbbing pain, lasting hours after intercourse.
Painful ejaculation or painful erections.
Pain in the testicles, penis or pelvis.
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