I’m a gynaecologist and here are the 7 common reasons why sex might be painful

'I’m a gynaecologist and here are the 7 common reasons why sex might be painful'

1/15/2022 1:01:00 AM

'I’m a gynaecologist and here are the 7 common reasons why sex might be painful'

SEX should be an enjoyable experience, but for some people it can be painful. While you might feel embarrassed to go to your GP and talk about issues that occur beneath the sheets, it’s nothi…

“If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection, speak to your GP, see your gynaecologist or a health professional at your local GUM clinic who will be able to diagnose and provide treatment.“Getting an infection sorted early is really important, as some may lead to long-term problems if untreated, so please don’t delay speaking to someone.”

3. Menopausemenopauseusually affects women in later life and creates hormonal changes in the body.These changes can cause more dryness in intimate areas and can make sex feel uncomfortable. A loss of libido is also common.Dr Datta said: “Oestrogen and progesterone levels drop during the menopause so it’s very common for women to experience vaginal dryness.

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Chinese 'spy' exposed by MI5 gave £700k to Labour including to MP “If you think you might have a sexually transmitted infection, speak to your GP, see your gynaecologist or a health professional at your local GUM clinic who will be able to diagnose and provide treatment. “Getting an infection sorted early is really important, as some may lead to long-term problems if untreated, so please don’t delay speaking to someone.” 3. Menopause menopause usually affects women in later life and creates hormonal changes in the body. These changes can cause more dryness in intimate areas and can make sex feel uncomfortable. A loss of libido is also common. Dr Datta said: “Oestrogen and progesterone levels drop during the menopause so it’s very common for women to experience vaginal dryness. “Because of many other symptoms, such as a lower libido, night sweats which can cause problems sleeping, and a low mood, sex can become much less pleasurable during this time. “Talk to your GP about ways you can manage your symptoms.” 4. Lack of arousal Sometimes it might take a bit longer than normal to help you get aroused. Dr Datta said that sex can be painful if you're not fully aroused as muscles are tense and you might be a little drier. If you need help in that department then you can talk to your partner about when helps you get aroused or even try a lubricant. Dr Datta added: "Changes to libido are common but there may be an emotional reason why you don’t find sex as pleasurable as you once did. “Counsellors or sex therapists can help you through these problems.” 5. Vaginismus Vaginismus is a condition where muscles around the vagina contract and can make penetration impossible, this can be both distressing and frustrating. Dr Datta said: “Vaginismus is an automatic reaction which you have no control over. If you experience difficulties with penetration, struggle to insert a tampon or suffer from pain or stinging during sex, these could be symptoms.” 6. Endometriosis