Pain with Sex – It really isn’t the norm!

Women's Health

According to the national pain institute 3 out of 4 women suffer from pain after intercourse at some point in their life, and it’s NOT NORMAL. Too many women push through pain to have intercourse when there are solutions to prevent and solve that pain. The technical term for this is dyspareunia. Pain is often felt in or around the vagina, but can also be felt in the uterus, bladder, pelvic region or lower back. There are a variety of reasons that sex may be painful some oft he most common ones are:

  1. Lack of lubrication
  2. Anxiety
  3. Vaginismus – which involves involuntary muscle spasms that prevent penetration
  4. Vulvodynia – a pain in the opening of the vagina that can increase with touch
  5. Other medical conditions

So what can you do about it?

If your sexual pain is sporadic, new, or mild, here are some tips that may help, if the pain persists then seeking the help of pelvic health physiotherapist may be just what you need.

  1. Foreplay is very important – we all live such fast pace lives our foreplay shouldn’t be the same.
  2. Lubricant can be helpful–  non-water based brands are the best such as SlipperyStuff
  3. Take breaks – if you’re feeling discomfort try taking a break from penetration to allow yourself to relax.
  4. Get familiar with your pelvic floor muscles – understand where the problem is coming from.
  5. And as always if you have any questions a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist is ready and willing to help!