How to Prevent Pain During Sex

If you feel pain during sex, in this article, we'll share some recommendations so that you can begin to enjoy much more pleasant sex.
How to Prevent Pain During Sex

Last update: 18 May, 2020

Many women are desperately looking for ways to prevent pain during sex. This is because they don’t know how to resolve the discomfort that can occur during intercourse due to different reasons. This is why, in this article, we’ll share what you can do about it.

According to some articles, pain during sex may be due to pelvic inflammatory disease, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginismus, or dyspareunia, among others. Below, discover what you can do to prevent pain during sex to start enjoying a full sex life.

Steps to prevent pain during sex

Identify the origin of the pain

This isn’t easy to do. Therefore, before drawing conclusions, you must see your trusted doctor. This way, they can request all the relevant tests that allow them to discover if you have any physical problems. In some cases, the diagnosis can be:

  • Birth defect. A membrane (that’s unrelated to the hymen) may be blocking the vaginal opening, which causes intense pain during penetration. Also, the vagina may not have developed the way it should.
  • Infections or irritation in the area. A urinary infection or irritation can cause pain during sex. This is easy to solve and treat. In addition, you should adopt certain habits to prevent these conditions.
  • Lubrication problems. For different reasons, some women may not lubricate as they should, causing pain during sex. In these cases, experts recommend the use of a personal lubricant, in addition to extending foreplay that facilitates lubrication.

When your doctor diagnoses you, they’ll give you some guidelines such as the ones we already pointed out to prevent pain during sex. However, what happens if they tell you that there’s nothing wrong with you? What if they don’t know why you feel pain during sex? If this is your case, maybe you should seek some other type of help.

See a psychologist

A couple in therapy.
Couples therapy can help both partners understand the problem and be treated together.

The first step to prevent pain during sex and find a cause for it should be to go to your doctor. But if they fail to find the reason for this problem, you need to put yourself in the hands of a professional psychologist.

This is because anxiety, fears, or trauma that manifest physically may cause some sexual dysfunctions.

  • Stress or anxiety. The stress and anxiety that you can feel due to your work, too many responsibilities, or different worries can make the muscles of the vagina tighten during the sexual act, causing pain.
  • History of abuse. This is a delicate situation that must be dealt with in therapy. Sexual abuse causes deep trauma and, even if the episode occurred many years ago, it can continue to affect the person and manifest itself during intercourse.
  • Vaginismus. Although it may be due to a physical problem, this condition usually manifests due to psychological issues. For example, if there are relationship problems, a fear of becoming pregnant, previous traumatic sexual relationships, or feelings of guilt.

In some cases, it may be positive to see a psychologist as a couple. The reason is that the unaffected partner sometimes doesn’t understand the reason behind the pain during sex. Couples therapy can be helpful, improve understanding of the problem, and, thus, allow both partners to work together to prevent pain during sex.

Have you suffered pain during sex or do you suffer from it regularly? If so, we hope that this article allowed you to understand the steps to take in order to start finding a solution to this problem. Sex should always be enjoyable. Therefore, don’t deny yourself pleasure and seek help as soon as possible.

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