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Sex Pain: What Does It Tell Women About Their Bodies?

Sex Pain: What Does It Tell Women About Their Bodies?

Painful intercourse can cause be a worry for women and can cause issues with sexual relationships. Addressing the problem immediately with a doctor of gynecology in Boston will help to diagnose and treat the problem. Pain during intercourse is called dyspareunia. The word covers any medical or psychosocial problem that may cause the pain. 

Symptoms of Dyspareunia

The symptoms of dyspareunia can include a burning, tearing, ripping or aching sensation when penetration is achieved. The location of the pain can be deep in the pelvis, at the vaginal opening or it can be felt throughout the pelvic area. Sometimes pain is only felt with deep penetration. Feeling pleasure and excitement can be nonexistent when pain occurs. 

Some Causes of Painful Sex

Lubrication - Women can experience pain during sex if there is not sufficient vaginal lubrication. This can be resolved by an increased amount of foreplay or with using a sexual lubricant. 

Vaginismus - This common condition involves involuntary spasms in the vaginal muscles. These spasms are sometimes caused by fear or by being hurt. 

Infections - Vaginal Infections such as yeast infections can cause painful sex. 

Cervical Issues - Problems or infections in the cervix will cause pain during deep penetration. 

Uterus Issues - Any problems with the uterus can cause pain, this can include fibroids. 

Endometriosis - This condition allows the tissue that lines the uterus to grow on the outside of the uterus rather than the inside where it should be. 

Issues with Ovaries - Problems with the ovaries including cysts can cause pain. 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) - This condition occurs when the tissue deep inside become inflamed. 

Ectopic pregnancy - This occurs when a fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus. 

Menopause - During menopause the vaginal lining can become dry and cause pain during sex. 

Sexually transmitted diseases - These can include sores from herpes, genital warts or others. 

Any type of pain during sex should be addressed with a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology in Boston. At the Boston Abortion Clinic, we can answer questions and provide support for an unplanned pregnancy, we have birth control options and we can provide services for gynecology in Boston. 

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