Painful intercourse is something three-quarters of women experience at some point in their lives. Many issues can cause pain during intimacy, and the team of gynecologists at Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women in Lawrenceville, Georgia, is here to help. If you chronically find sexual intercourse painful, it’s time to come in for an evaluation and treatment. Call today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment to find relief.
Painful intercourse isn’t something you should just expect or ignore. Sexual intercourse should be pleasurable, and if you’re having pain, it can interfere with your self-esteem, relationships, and health.
Painful intercourse may be felt in your:
Painful intercourse doesn’t always show up the same way. It may feel burning or irritating or you may have a jabbing or sharp pain during penetration.
When you come in for an appointment, be prepared to discuss where you feel pain and how it manifests. This helps your provider narrow down possible causes.
Painful intercourse can indicate a physical problem, but it may also have causes that are emotional or psychological in nature. The primary physical causes of painful intercourse are:
Women who experience painful intercourse may also have a skin disease known as lichen sclerosus. This condition develops around your vulva or anus. It’s characterized by white
patches of thin skin that itch and cause scars, resulting in painful sex.
The first step in treating painful intercourse is determining the cause. Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women may perform a pelvic exam, blood tests, and ultrasound to look for possible gynecological problems.
For an issue like ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids, Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women may recommend you undergo minimally invasive surgery to have them removed.
Structural irregularities or pelvic prolapse can also be treated with minimally invasive surgical procedures.
If your pain occurs due to vaginal dryness, tissue atrophy, or even lichen sclerosus, Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women may recommend a simple, non-invasive laser or radiofrequency treatment using the revolutionary MonaLisa Touch® or TempSure® Vitalia.
These devices can revitalize vaginal tissue so you feel more comfortable and enjoy sex again.
Women going through menopause who are struggling with vaginal dryness may benefit from hormone therapy.
Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women may also recommend at-home solutions, such as over-the-counter lubricants, making time for foreplay and arousal, and alternative ways to achieve intimacy.
If you’re experiencing painful intercourse, you deserve a resolution. Call Gwinnett's Progressive Healthcare for Women or use the online tool to schedule an appointment today.