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If sex is painful for you, this can affect your relationship and also affect how you are feeling. To help you with this, this article includes three possible causes and treatment options available to you.
Urinary Tract Infection
If your sex has just started to become painful out of the blue, you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI). To test you for this, the doctor will ask you to urinate in a cup. If you have a UTI, you will also have other symptoms. For example, you will feel the need to urinate much more often but only urinate a little when you go to the bathroom.
If the doctor does find that you have an infection, they will prescribe you an antibiotic. If you are also finding it painful when you urinate, they may also give you medication to help with this. You should start feeling better in a few days and then sex should not be painful for you.
If you are going through menopause or have gone through it, your estrogen levels can drop drastically. This can affect your uterus as it makes the uterine walls much thinner than they were before menopause. This can cause extreme pain while you are having sex. Being low on estrogen also makes you much dryer in your vagina no matter how much you are aroused.
To treat this, the doctor may suggest a vaginal estrogen cream. This medication releases estrogen in the vagina but not throughout your entire body. It will take a couple of weeks, but you should then start feeling much better. If you are having other symptoms along with painful sex, such as mood swings and hot flashes, the doctor may put you on an estrogen pill to take. This will increase your estrogen levels but does go through your bloodstream, so it is in your entire body, including your vagina.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is another condition that can cause painful sex. PID causes an infection in your reproductive organs, such as the cervix, ovaries, and uterus. For example, your partner may have an STI (sexually transmitted disease). It can also be caused if you wipe back to front as you could get bacteria into your vagina that can spread and cause PID. Because your organs are infected you will feel pain deep in your vagina during sex.
If the doctor determines that you have PID, you will be put on a broad-spectrum antibiotic. How long you stay on the antibiotic depends on how bad your PID is.
Contact a local doctor to learn more about painful sex therapy and treatment.Share