Pain After Intercourse – How to Avoid Pain After Intercourse
Sex is a beautiful and intimate experience shared between two people. It is a moment of pleasure, or at least, it’s supposed to be.
Unfortunately, for many women (young and old) pleasure is transformed into pain. It can occur during or after intercourse – or both. The vast majority of women have experienced pain during or after sex at some point. For some, the pain is transient and is gone quickly, for others it becomes a regular part of their sex life.
This pain causes embarrassment, frustration and impairs your natural sex drive. But you don’t have to give up on sex altogether, even if you’ve been struggling for a long time vaginal pain after intercourse. There is help available, so you can wave goodbye to the pain and welcome back your sex drive again.
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What Is Pain During Intercourse?
Sexual intercourse shouldn’t be painful, however, that does not mean sex is not, in some cases painful. Many women, unfortunately, come to associate intercourse with pain in and around the vagina due to the pain they experience during sex.
The pain can be pronounced and felt throughout the entire vaginal area, or it may be localised to certain areas of the vagina. Women can experience the pain at the beginning of intercourse, at the end, throughout the whole experience or even emerging pain a few days after.
You may experience a burning and cutting sensation in and around your vagina, or you may feel cramps in the vagina where your muscles tense and contract. This tension makes it difficult to continue with intercourse because your vagina does not allow your partner to penetrate.
If you’ve had pain in connection with sex for a long time, it is a good idea to be examined by your doctor so that you can diagnose the cause of the pain.
Pain After Intercourse
Pain in and around the vagina after intercourse may be because of infections that, among other things, cause soreness. In most cases the pain is due to the dryness of the vagina or bacteria transmitted from the man. This pain feels like stinging, burning and soreness in the vagina both during and after intercourse.
The dryness in the intimate area is a result of mucous membranes in the vagina not producing enough moisture. When this happens, the vagina becomes dry and more fragile, and is easily irritated by friction, thus causing pain during intercourse.
When there is a friction a rough, dry surface is more prone to catching, ripping and tearing compared to a moist, smooth surface. The same applies to your vagina when it is dry or wet. If you are not moist enough, the friction during sex causes small wounds and sores that can swell enormously.
It’s not a dangerous condition, but it does cause great pain and discomfort, which can significantly reduce your sex drive.
Why Does the Vagina Become Dry?
The pain experienced during or after intercourse is usually caused by dryness in the vagina. But why is your vagina dry? There may be several reasons for this. Among other things, menopause often leaves women with vaginal dryness.
However, younger women may also experience a dry, irritated vagina caused by the use of oral contraceptives and other medicinal drugs. Dryness inside the vagina and at the opening of the vagina can affect women of all ages, so it is often a very common problem – especially when it comes to sex.
From puberty until menopause, oestrogen is produced in your ovaries. It is the amount of oestrogen produced that determines the amount of moisture in the vagina.
A regular production of oestrogen causes a normal level of discharge, which is a way for the vagina to cleanse itself of bacteria. But the closer you get to menopause, the less oestrogen your ovaries produce. This causes the mucous membranes in the vagina to dry out.
Remedy Pain After Intercourse
When sex becomes a painful experience, your sex drive is also reduced. For some women, this ends their sex life altogether. If your sex life is not working for you or is completely non, this can lead to relationship problems.
Luckily, there is plenty of help and remedies you can pick up to eradicate pain during and after intercourse. These remedies don’t need to be strong drugs – there are many ways of solving the problem and stopping the pain.
First, time is the first step in treating pain during sex. If you have trouble with a dry and irritated vagina that continuously causes discomfort and soreness during sex, it is crucial that you and your partner take the time to build up to intercourse.
This means that the actual intercourse must not be premature. Before the penetration, it is important to make sure your vagina is well prepared. Additionally, sufficient foreplay can create a more enjoyable sexual experience, and by not rushing, you may create more moisture which will prepare your vagina for penetration.
If you are not able to produce enough moisture at the opening of the vagina you can supplement with Intim Glide from Australian Bodycare. The gel can be used to remedy pain, itching and burning during and after sex.
The gel is based on a water-based formula, which contains natural ingredients, so you can safely use it in the delicate intimate area. The consistency is soft and silky, and rich in the active ingredient Tea Tree Oil, which, thanks to its effective antibacterial properties, keeps the male bacteria away, which could otherwise lead to intimate itching and irritation.
Apply an abundance of the gel around the vagina opening or apply directly to the penis.
Supplement with Intim Gel
It is also a good idea to have an extra back up plan, in case the gel for one reason or another has not lubricated all the places it needs to. If you still experience pain after intercourse, you can use Femigel, which soothes soreness and pain at the vaginal opening.
Like Intim Glide, Femigel contains Tea Tree Oil, which effectively relieves and calms itching, burning and irritation in the intimate area. The gel’s effect is supported by a clinical dermatological test, where 9 out of 10 women eradicated all itching and burning sensations when using the product.
When Should You Go to A Doctor?
Pain after intercourse is often accompanied by scratches and small sores that occur because the vagina is dry and, as mentioned, friction occurs during intercourse. However, since the vagina and surrounding area are a very vulnerable, there is little that can be done to stop the delicate mucous membranes getting a small cut or wound – even if you are well moistened with Glide gel. Some vaginas are more delicate than others, and therefore some women may experience a small amount of blood after intercourse. It can happen from time to time.
When this happens, it is important to keep an eye on whether you bleed continuously every time you have sex. If you do, you should consult your doctor so that you can rule out any other condition. Bleeding after sex usually means bleeding during or after intercourse and this is different from your menstrual blood.
There may be many reasons for minor bleeding during intercourse and if it happens continuously then you should consult your doctor.
We always recommend consulting with your doctor for guidance.
Femigel - Vaginal gel - This natural vaginal gel with Tea Tree Oil is used to relieve dryness, itching, irritation or unwanted odour of intimate partView product
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