Sexual Pain

Sexual Pain
Pain during sex is something that many women are reluctant to talk about — not with their partners, and not with their doctor. There’s no need to avoid having a frank and open discussion about sexual pain; in fact, doing so can help your doctor get to the bottom of your pain and help you to return to normal, healthy sexual function. At Alliance for Women’s Health, Dr. Chung provides compassionate care and encourages women to share their concerns regarding painful sex. For many women in Lima, Ohio, this is just one of many reasons to build a trusting relationship with a skilled gynecologist.

Sexual Pain Q & A

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What can cause sexual pain?

Several factors can make sex painful. Some of the causes are relatively harmless and can be easily treated. Others are more serious and are indicative of a medical condition that requires immediate intervention and treatment.

Some common causes of sexual pain include:

  • Inability to relax and enjoy sexual activity
  • Hormonal changes that limit natural lubrication
  • Minor tears or bruising to vaginal tissues
  • Returning to intercourse too quickly after childbirth or surgery
  • Yeast infections

These medical conditions can lead to painful sex, and require immediate treatment:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Uterine fibroids

What are the treatment options for painful sex?

Treatment depends on the cause of your pain, but there is a treatment path for every set of needs. By detailing the source and severity of your symptoms, Dr. Chung can help determine the best course of action.

Some women have suffered a painful experience in their past that impedes their ability to relax and enjoy sexual intercourse. If this is true for you, Dr. Chung can advise you on your options. In some cases, a referral to a skilled therapist can help you work through those issues.

If sexual pain is the result of an STD, treating that condition is the first priority. Future sexual activity should always include preventive and protective measures to avoid new infection or the transmission of an existing disease.

Sexual pain that stems from hormonal changes, such as those in menopause, can be treated with certain medications or hormone replacement therapy. You can obtain hormones through prescription pills or creams.

In some cases, sexual pain originates from a medical condition like fibroids, cysts, or endometriosis. Those conditions sometimes require surgery to alleviate pain and return to normal function.

Is it possible to prevent sexual pain?

Some conditions that lead to painful sex are preventable, especially if you are informed about the causes of painful or uncomfortable sex. One of the most effective ways to prevent sexual pain is by scheduling regular gynecological appointments.

Early detection of sexually transmitted disease and other forms of reproductive illness can prevent worsening of your symptoms, which can preserve healthy sexual function.

By establishing a trusting relationship with Dr. Chung, you gain an invaluable resource you can turn to for any gynecological issue. He understands that there’s nothing more important than your reproductive health, and he leads a team that provides individualized and effective care.  

If you’re dealing with painful sex, reach out to Dr. Chung to determine the source of the problem and find a solution. Schedule an appointment at Alliance for Women’s Health today.

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