Painful Intercourse - What's Causing it & How to make it Stop!
Do you ever have painful intercourse? Do you know what it could be from? Well, it may be a sign of Endometriosis or another underlying health issue. Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) resemble the uterus lining but with Endometriosis they grow elsewhere in the body including your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or bowels. Sometimes, these growths can get in the way during sex… which is what causes that pain!
So, do you have Endomtriosis or something else causing painful intercourse? Let’s run over some of the details so you can see if this might be what has been bothering your body.
Most women with endometriosis have no symptoms. However, when women do experience Symptoms of endometriosis they normally include heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, and sometimes, pain during sex. Less commonly, you can also have pelvic pain, painful bowel movements or painful urination.
SO what do you do about it? How do you find out if you have it? Endometriosis is often diagnosed based on your symptoms. If you’re already experiencing some of these symptoms you can try S’moo as it has been known to help relieve some of these symptoms in other women with endometriosis. Or you can get a physical examination to find out if you have Endometriosis, but the definite diagnosis is usually confirmed by surgery, most commonly by laparoscopy.
Treatment of endometriosis typically includes medication and surgery for both pain relief and treatment of infertility if pregnancy is desired. Trying S’moo first might be a good place to start to see if it lessens these symptoms, especially if you’re trying to get pregnant as S’moo helps improve fertility and egg quality in women trying to conceive.
- Take pain-relieving steps before sex: empty your bladder, take a warm bath, or take an over-the-counter pain reliever before intercourse.
- Use a lubricant. Some are sticky and some get everywhere but it’s important, even if you feel wet to make sure you’re properly lubricated. Silicone-based lubricants last longer and tend to be more slippery than water-soluble lubricants. Do not use petroleum jelly, baby oil, or mineral oil with condoms. They can dissolve the latex and cause the condom to break.
- Don’t rush. Set aside time so you’re not tired or anxious. These things can put you on edge and stress can effect how open you are.
- Don’t hide your pain! I can’t stress enough how important it is to let your partner know when you feel pain, as well as what activities you find pleasurable. I know it’s stressful to interrupt a great moment because you’re body is rebelling but it’s not worth it.
- Try sexual activities that do not cause pain. For example, if intercourse is painful, you and your partner may want to focus on oral sex or mutual masturbation.
- Massage! It's nonsexual, but sensual, and it can bring you closer to your partner.
- To relieve burning after intercourse, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a small towel to the vulva.
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