Sexual intercourse can not necessarily be enjoyable and pleasurable for all women. Most of the women experience pain during sex due to lack of proper vaginal lubrication or several other factors.
Because of painful sexual intercourse especially with penetration and thrusting movement of penis many women gradually lose their urge for sex.
Women having occasional pain during intercourse should not worry. However, if pain is frequent they will certainly need to look for remedial measures.
Apart from lack of vaginal lubrication, there are several factors like use of certain medication or contraceptive pills or decrease in female sex hormones can trigger pain during sex.
In some cases endometriosis, pelvic inflammation, cystitis, hemorrhoids and several other medical conditions like uterine prolapse and ovarian cysts can make sexual intercourse highly painful for women.
A woman with infected cervix, uterus or fallopian tubes can have intense pain while having sex. Painful intercourse can also occur due to retroversion of uterus, fibrous tissue growth in uterus and irritable bowel syndrome.
Moreover women with stress, anxiety, depression and several other psychological and emotional problems can suffer pain during intercourse.
See a doctor if you are persistently having pain during sex. Treatments can certainly make a difference and improve your sex life besides improving your emotional attachment and boosting your self-image.
Tips to avoid painful intercourse
Good hygiene habits
Do not use body washes, shower gels and other sweet-scented products for bathing as they can cause irritation in your vagina besides zapping the natural process of vaginal lubrication. Also avoid douching.
Adopt proper techniques and sexual positions for sex so as to make it smooth, pleasurable and pain-free.
Change the position in case thrusting movement of penis strikes your cervix or puts stress on your pelvic floor muscles causing intense pain. Let your partner lie on his back below you during sex.
By adopting this position you can control thrusting movement of penis which in turn can give your more pleasure.
Tell you partner what you are comfortable with. Ask him to go slow if you want so. Avoid rushing to the main event. Try to prolong the foreplay as it may help enhance the process of natural lubrication.
You can delay penetration till you are fully excited and aroused so as to ensure painless intercourse.
If you are having problem of vaginal lubrication you can use a water-based lubrication which can make intercourse smooth, painless and pleasurable.
Treatment of underlying conditions
Seek treatment for infection or other underlying medical conditions in case they are associated with painful sexual intercourse.
Postmenopausal women can have problem with vaginal lubrication due to decrease in estrogen level which can make it painful for them to have sex.
If you are among those women, you can use prescription cream or tablet to make sexual intimacy with your partner pleasurable.
You can have an option of using flexible vaginal ring which can give you immense pleasure during sex.
Your doctor may also advise you to take medication orally to reduce pain. Your doctor may also prescribe injections of pain medications into the painful site.
Desensitization therapy involves exercises to relax vaginal muscles so as to reduce pain. Your therapist may advise you to perform Kegel exercise or other pelvic floor exercises to avoid pain during intercourse.