Painful Sex

Painful sex, also known as dyspareunia (pronounced “dis-puh-ROO-nee-uh”), is a condition where sex hurts. It can be a real pain in the, well, you know what.

What causes it?

There are lots of potential causes of painful sex. One common cause is a condition called vaginismus, where the muscles of the pelvic floor involuntarily contract, making penetration painful or impossible. Another cause could be endometriosis, a condition where tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it, causing pain and discomfort during sex.

Symptoms of painful sex can vary, but may include pain or discomfort during penetration, burning or stinging sensations, or even bleeding. It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, as they can help identify the cause and recommend treatment options.

What does painful sex have to do with your pelvic floor?

Well, the pelvic floor muscles play an important role in sexual function. If they’re tight or weak, it can cause pain or discomfort during sex. But don’t worry, there are ways to help your pelvic floor muscles relax and function properly, taking an on demand course to help with painful sex, and/or seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist, or trying relaxation techniques like deep breathing.

Remember, painful sex is a real condition that affects many women, but it’s not something you have to live with. Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re experiencing pain during sex, and don’t be afraid to bring up your pelvic floor. It may be the key to unlocking a more comfortable and enjoyable sex life!

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