Ouch that hurts! 7 reasons for pain during sex

 
Ouch that hurts! 7 reasons for pain during sex
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Ouch that hurts! 7 reasons for pain during sex

We all agree that ‘ouch’ is not the word you want to be screaming out during a racy romp with your other half, but at one point in our lives 1 in 10 of us are going to experience pain during sex.

But just what does pain during sex mean? It’s safe to say that you prepare for a bit of discomfort the first time you have sex or after giving birth, but what happens if you’re experiencing persistent pain and what could it be?

We spoke to Justin Clark, Consultant Gynaecologist at BMI Priory Hospital, Birmingham to get the low-down on what pain during sex can mean and what you can do about it. The main thing is not to panic, Justin says there are a lot of reasons and the majority of them are easily treated.

“Most women will experience pain with sex at some point in their lives but it is not usually a persistent problem. Sometimes the use of lubricants, prolonged foreplay and trying different sexual positions can help. Establishing a loving and understanding relationship is important, so you don’t feel anxious, silly or upset and avoid putting pressure on your relationship.

However if it is, or if it becomes increasingly severe so that sex is either unpleasant or impossible, then you should consult your GP. Whilst pain with sex can be a difficult subject to talk about, be reassured that gynaecologists are very used to seeing women with this problem and you should not be embarrassed,” he says.

So if you want to know why you’re having pain during sex and what you can do about it, then we’ve got the answers.


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