Sex is supposed to be pleasurable, but research has found that anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of women experience pain during sex. Painful sex is a horrible experience for many women. For many it can be taboo to talk about and some women even find it difficult to talk to their provider about it. There are a number of reasons why sex can be painful. Here are five of the most common reasons why sex maybe painful.
It Could be Vaginal Dryness
Medications, stress, anxiety, lack of sexual arousal and reduced estrogen levels all can affect vaginal lubrication. Because there are so many varying causes for this issue, the easiest way to resolve it is by using lube. Using an lubricant such as Momentum Hybrid can help make sex less painful. Our hybrid lubricant is great for for penile, anal, and/or vaginal application, intended to moisturize and lubricate, enhance the ease and comfort of intimate sexual activity, and supplement the body's natural lubrication.
It Could be Endometriosis
Sometimes painful sex is the byproduct of a health issue sucha as Endometriosis, which occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus begins to grow outside of it. Endometriosis affects 11 percent of all women. If you have other symptoms such as painful periods, chronic lower back and pelvic pain, bleeding or spotting in between periods and digestive issues like bloating, constipation, diarrhea or nausea, it may be time to see a doctor. There’s no cure for endometriosis, but the condition is usually treated with birth control, pain medication, or in severe cases, with surgery.
It Could Be Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) occurs when an infection that affects the reproductive organs. Sexually transmitted diseases and infections that spread from the vagina usually lead to this type of infection, which can cause ongoing abdominal and pelvic pain that makes sex less enjoyable. In addition to pain, some women also may experience bleeding during sex if they have PID. If you have all these symptoms, along with painful urination, vaginal discharge and odor, schedule an appointment with your doctor to get tested.
It Could Be a Cyst or a Fibroid
Abnormal growths in a woman’s reproductive organs also can cause pain during sex. During sex, your partner may unknowingly bump up against an ovarian cyst or a fibroid, which can cause a sharp, stabbing pain in the area. Cyst fluid filled bumps and fibroids typically tend to be harmless. Fibroids are growths that occur in the uterus. Sometimes fibroids go away on their own, but if you experience ongoing abdominal or pelvic pain, cramping and heavy periods, it may be a sign that these growths are getting larger. In that case consult a doctor.
It Could be A Sexually transmitted diseases
STDs can result in painful sex. These include genital warts, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, trich, and syphilis. They can spread through not only sex but also skin-to-skin contact. If left untreated for long enough, STDs may cause changes in the genitals that make sex uncomfortable or even painful.