Painful intercourse is medically called dyspareuniaand it is not unusual condition that occurs before, during, or after theintercourse. It is characterized by the persistent and recurrent genital pain. Itis estimated that every fifth woman that is sexually active has this problem. Itcan be very stressful and frustrating for both partners, especially for awoman, if she has to cope with it.
There are two kinds of pain that usually appear: entryor superficial pain that occurs with every penetration, and deep pain duringthrusting, accompanied with the burning sensation. The main cause for the occurrence of painful intercourseis different from woman to woman and depends on the place where the painappears. The entry or superficial pain usually occurs as the result of insufficientlubrication, some kind of injury to the genitals, trauma, irritation andinflammation, infection or skin disorder, as well as reaction to birth controlproducts and vaginusmus. Thecauses for deep pain are certain diseases, infections and surgeries or medicaltreatments.
The medical conditions that inmajority of cases lead to a painful intercourse are endometriosis, pelvicinflammatory disease, uterine prolapse, retroverted uterus and uterine fibroids, as well as cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids and ovarian cysts.
Treatment of painful intercourse
It is very important for a woman to know that an intercourse is not normallypainful and, if this condition occurs, it must be somehow treated. Since the painful intercourse may be caused by certain medical condition, itis crucial to stay healthy. It is advisable to regularly have a gynecologicalexamination once a year. It is recommended to use condom during the intercourseas a prevention of certain diseases, and to treat promptly certain vaginalinfections that occur.
Sometimes emotional problems can be the main cause for the painful intercourse.In that case, a woman must talk with her partner about that in order to nurturetheir relationship. If a woman does not want to have intercourse, then she should not do that. Shecan satisfy her partner with some other techniques that do not involve puttingthe penis into vagina.
In order to avoid a painful intercourse, a woman muststay lubricated. If she is not sufficiently lubricated, she can use some of thelubricants, such as water-soluble lubricants. Drinking lot of water and eating bran can help thosewomen who have painful intercourse because of the constipation. Sometimes, a painful intercourse may be caused by thecertain position, so it is recommended to try different techniques andpositions and find the ones that are not painful.