You’ve just finished a s#x session with your partner, but instead of basking in the afterglow, you’re realizing that something is hurting down below. Maybe it’s a dull ache inside your vagina, or a burning sensation closer to your vulva, or more of a sharp pain deeper into your pelvis. Whatever’s going on, you know it isn’t normal. S$x is supposed to feel amazing, not leave you wincing.
Post-s&x pain is more common than you’d think. “One in three women have pain during or after intercourse.”
The first thing to do is get an idea of what might be behind the pain you feel, then talk to your doctor about it. Here are the most likely (and a few rare, but possible) explanations.
1.You have a UTI
One in five women experiences a urinary tract infection at some point in life, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Pain in and around your pubic area is one of the most common symptoms. What’s going on? Inflammation from the infection “can cause spasms in the muscles surrounding the pelvic organs,” explains Dr. Ingber.
When you have penetrative s#x, and your partner’s pen!s makes repeated contact with the va+inal wall, these spasms can be exacerbated and really hurt. “Picture somebody punching you firmly, over and over, in the same spot in your shoulder,” says Dr. Ingber. “The muscles may become sore, and a natural response may be spasms of the muscles. The same thing happens in the pelvis, and the muscles surrounding the vagina and pelvic organs.”
What to do about it: If you have other UTI symptoms, such as foul-smelling pee or pain while urinating, let your doctor know. Relief can be just an antibiotic prescription away.
2.Your partner’s pen!s is too big
Here’s a time when size does matter. “Anatomy plays an important role in pain after s*x,” explains Dr. Ingber. If your partner is on the well-endowed side, the muscle group surrounding your v*gina and other pelvic organs can cramp up and stay that way after the bumping and grinding is over. “The average female v&gina is no longer than five inches or so, therefore, the ‘average’ male, who may be six inches long, may still cause significant trauma to the pelvic floor that can cause post-s%x cramping,” he says.
What to do about it: If your significant other is particularly lengthy and after s<x your v^gina feels raw (even though you were super aroused and used plenty of lube), experiment with positions that make an XXL pen>s fit better, like spooning or woman on top.
3.You have an ovarian cyst
Most benign ovarian cysts are fluid-filled structures on your ovaries; they tend to resolve themselves in two to three months without you even knowing you had one.
But sometimes ovarian cysts trigger achy pain, typically in the lower right or lower left side of the pelvis where your ovaries are. “If they’re large enough, ovarian cysts can cause abdominal pain and cramping during and after s>x,”Kecia Gaither, MD, ob-gyn, maternal-fetal medicine doctor, and the director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, tells Health.
What to do about it: Most cysts stay under 4 inches, but some can grow much larger, and “these large cysts additionally can torse, or twist, which can be exceedingly painful,” she says. Your ob-gyn would have to do an ultrasound to see if you actually have a cyst, and then treatment would likely be watchful waiting. If she confirms that you do have one and the pain gets to be too much, you may have to have surgery to remove it.
4.You have pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the organs of the upper reproductive tract. It’s typically the result of an untreated s&xually transmitted infection, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. As the name states, it’s an inflammatory condition, says Dr. Ingber, and that can lead to pelvic pain, scarring, and even infertility. During s^x, you’d likely feel the pain deeper into your pelvic area where your upper reproductive organs are.
What to do about it: If you suspect PID might be the cause of your pain, you should see your ob-gyn as soon as possible. “PID needs to be treated with antibiotics,” says Dr. Ingber.
5.You’re allergic to your partner’s semen
It’s super rare, but a s!men allergy is an actual thing. As many as 40,000 women in the U.S. are allergic to their significant other’s s!men, according to a study review from the University of Cincinnati.
If you’re experiencing this kind of allergic reaction, your symptoms could be local (like swelling or itching) or systemic. “Women may feel severe burning, develop a significant discharge, and even have whole body reactions such as chills, fever, and low blood pressure,” says Dr. Ingber. If you have s!x with a condom on and don’t experience any of these symptoms, an allergy may be the culprit.
What to do about it: A doctor can perform skin prick tests to give you a more definitive diagnosis. Treatment includes medication and desensitizing shots. Sure it’s a buzzkill, but many women report that their symptoms lessen as time goes on.
6.You weren’t aroused enough before s!x
Chafing caused by a lack of lubrication during intercourse is the number one cause of post-s!x soreness, Donnica Moore, MD, ob-gyn and president of Sapphire Women’s Health Group in New Jersey, tells Health. “Sometimes we get carried away in the heat of the moment and we don’t always realize how much friction there may have been,” she says. Even if you know you’re in the mood and can’t wait to start twisting the sheets, your body might need a little more time to catch up—and there’s nothing weird or abnormal about that.
What to do about it: Before intercourse, make sure to indulge in lots of foreplay—enough so that your vagina swells with excitement and becomes sufficiently lubricated. How wet you get can be influenced by pregnancy, breastfeeding, where you are in your cycle, and even medications you’re taking. So if you need an assist, don’t hesitate to use a water- or silicone-based store-bought lube. And if you use condoms, keep the lubricated kind on hand, for extra wetness.
7.Your s^x was too rough.
Part of the thrill of s^x is experimenting with different positions. But in the rush and excitement of trying out some flexy and acrobatic moves, says Dr. Moore, it’s very possible that you end up in a position that puts extra pressure on your vagina or vulva. That in turn can leave you feeling sore afterward.
What to do about it: While every woman’s body is different, Dr. Moore suggests avoiding having s%x from behind, which she says can create that extra pressure and friction at the vaginal entrance. And always let your partner know if he’s going too fast or penetrating you at an angle that just doesn’t quite work for your body.
Source : Naa Aku Shika Abrahams