Sexual Pain: 5 Common Causes

Pain during sex is the ultimate roadblock to intimacy. Unfortunately, this problem is more common than you might realize, but often, we choose not to talk about it. Solutions do exist, though.

The caring team at Vitality MDs located in Scottsdale, Arizona, can help you regain comfort as you rediscover your romantic life. Dr. Russell Bartels and Dr. Burt Webb help men and women with this sensitive problem and approach each patient with clinical expertise and sensitivity.

Why has sex become painful?

Your sexual health and well-being are connected to countless factors that change by the day, if not the hour. That said, nearly half of women and almost one-third of men suffer from sexual dysfunction, and one of the most impactful is painful sex. 

We’re all so busy that it’s hard to find time for true connection, and when it happens, we want it to feel good and real. But when intimacy is intruded upon by pain, it leads to stress, guilt, and apprehension about what an encounter will be like the next time.

Five reasons for painful sex

Hopefully, it’s validating to hear that pain during sex is all too common. Here are the main culprits:

1. Menopause

When your period stops, your estrogen levels plummet, and this can lead to vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. A startling fact is that you can sustain actual injuries while having sex and they can be quite painful, even if they’re minute tears.

2. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) 

When you live with a condition like herpes or pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) pain during sex is likely. Worse, PID is often complicated with conditions like chlamydia or gonorrhea, each accompanied by their own worrying symptoms.

3. Men’s sexual health

Women aren’t the only ones who experience pain during sex. Men do too, and it can be linked with penile deformities like Peyronie’s disease, where your penis becomes misshapen due to scar tissue that forms below the surface of the penis.

4. Vaginal infections 

These common conditions, such as a yeast infection, can cause burning during intercourse and other associated pain.

5. Vaginismus 

This occurs when the vaginal muscles inexplicably spasm as intercourse starts. This condition makes sex difficult because it limits penetration. Its origins are both physical and psychological. 

If you experience pain during sex, whether it’s occurring during entry or it lingers afterward, don’t delay getting help. Often there’s a relatively easy fix, and our physicians are happy to provide a range of solutions. 

Help for painful sex

Vitality MDs provides assistance and solutions if you’re experiencing painful sex, whether you’re female or male. We examine you, perform a pelvic exam if you’re a woman, and offer several treatments designed around your needs and your lifestyle, including:

No matter the cause, if you’re experiencing painful sex, you probably are looking for solutions. The Vitality MDs team is ready to treat you with the most advanced methods, as part of a plan designed just for you. 

Explore solutions today

We can help treat painful sex, so don’t put off seeking medical attention any longer. Simply call our office to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment using our convenient online booking tool.

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