How to turn the ouch back into ooh. So you've just finished a sex session with your partner, but instead of basking in the afterglow, you're realizing that something is hurting down below. Maybe it's a dull ache inside your vagina, or a burning sensation closer to your vulva, or more of a stabbing pain deeper into your pelvis.
The topic of pain during or after intercourse isn't frequently discussed, despite the fact that it's not uncommon. A British survey that found that roughly 1 in 10 women experiences pain during sex. In particular, many women experience cramping or abdominal pain during or after sex, and so Allure spoke with doctors to about what causes it — and what to do about it.
Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common reasons women visit a health professional. By Kirsten Braun. Also available in Health Journey Issue 1.
Post-sex pain can come in many forms, from period-like cramps to vaginal swelling, itching, or a burning sensation when you pee, says Sherry A. But to ensure that you have the most productive conversation with your MD as possible, there are a few common causes for postcoital pain that you may want to keep in mind before your appointment. Luckily, most of them are treatable—allowing you to fully enjoy the afterglow of getting busy, minus any uncomfortable distractions.
Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse due to medical or psychological causes. The pain can primarily be on the external surface of the genitaliaor deeper in the pelvis upon deep pressure against the cervix. It can affect a small portion of the vulva or vagina or be felt all over the surface.
Pelvic pain is discomfort that occurs in the lowest part of the torso, the area below the abdomen and between the hipbones. It does not include pain that occurs externally in the genital area vulva. Many women have pelvic pain.
We don't need experts to tell us that there are more benefits besides pleasure when it comes to sex. But should you need scientific proof, there's plenty of it, like how it can boost your immune system, help lower stress and risk for depression, improves sleep and can even lower our perception of pain. However, there's one topic that's not often discussed, despite the fact that it's common among women: Cramps after sex. New York—based board-certified gynecologist Shyama Mathews, MD, tells MyDomaine that most women have experienced this type of pain after sex at some point in their lives.
You just finished a nice romp in the hay and are feeling great. But then you notice a tightening sensation down below. What gives?