This website translates English to other languages using an automated tool. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Sep 12, Cedars-Sinai Staff. Jennifer Anger. Anger says. Kelly Wright. Dryness is common in menopausal and post-menopausal women, though younger women can experience it as well. Dryness is the most frequent reason, but there are many other reasons sex might become painful. Some conditions that can be at the root of the problem:.
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Back to Sexual health. If you get pain during or after sex, your body may be trying to tell you something is wrong, so don't ignore it. Find a sexual health clinic near you. You may find talking about sex embarrassing, but remember that doctors are used to dealing with problems like this. They'll try to find the cause of the problem and be able to tell you whether you need any treatment.
Adhesions may trigger pain by causing organs to move away from their normal location or to become fixed stuck in an abnormal position. Inadequate vaginal lubrication causing dryness can contribute to sexual pain. Common reasons for vaginal dryness can include conditions contributing to low estrogen levels induced, surgical or natural menopause, after childbirth, or during the breastfeeding or medications that are associated with lack of sexual arousal antihypertensives, antidepressants, antihistamines, sedatives, and certain hormonal agents. Or you might have uterine fibroids or myomas, which are benign non-cancerous growths in the wall of your uterus. And you may even have an ovarian cyst , a fluid-filled sac that grows inside your ovary and that can cause pain.
The following situations and conditions can contribute to or cause pain during intercourse or other forms of penetration. The first few times you have intercourse or experience vaginal penetration, you may feel a small to moderate amount of pain at the entrance to the vagina. There can be some bleeding or no bleeding at all—both are normal. The reasons for the pain are not always clear, but it is typically temporary. An unstretched hymen vaginal corona has typically been blamed for this pain at first penetration, but new understandings of the hymen suggest otherwise. But not all hymens meet these criteria, and women without substantial hymens can also experience painful penetration. The truth is that research has not told us with any particular specificity why it is that this discomfort happens, or why it happens for some women regardless of hymen type and not others. In most women, the wall of the vagina responds to arousal by producing a liquid that moistens the vagina and its entrance, making penetration easier. Insufficient lubrication can also be caused by lowered levels of estrogen, which can make vaginal tissue more fragile and affect the vaginal walls in such a way that less liquid is produced. Others, regardless of their age, simply produce less lubricant.