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