June 19, 2019

Interesting facts about Dyspareunia Popularly known as Painful Intercourse


What is painful intercourse?

Painful intercourse can occur for reasons that range from structural problems to psychological concerns. Many women have painful intercourse at some point in their lives. 

The medical term for painful intercourse is Dyspareunia, defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. Talk to a health care provider if you are having painful intercourse. Treatments focus on the cause, and can help eliminate or lessen this common problem.

What things can cause painful intercourse? 
The problems that can cause pain with intercourse are listed below;
➣Fear of intercourse 
➣Vaginal dryness 
➣Vaginal infections
➣Physical problems
➣Childbirth-related problems

Some myths about painful intercourse;
The size of a man’s penis almost never causes continued painful intercourse. The vagina can stretch to accommodate whatever size penis a woman’s husband has. This is illustrated by the fact that the vagina stretches enough to allow the passage of a baby’s head in delivery.

Some women also believe, because they have been told so that painful intercourse is caused by a tipped or retroverted uterus. One-third of all women have a tipped uterus. It is perfectly “normal” position for the uterus and is almost never the cause of painful intercourse.

What are the possible solutions to some of the under listed problems that causes painful intercourse?

Fear of intercourse: fear of intercourse can cause a painful intercourse. Some women have not dealt well with their sexuality and enter marriage with a distorted view of their bodies, sex or men. Distorting or failing to understand the healthy biblical view of sex can color a woman’s attitude towards sex. A lack of adequate sex education can inhibit a healthy sex life.
Many experts who write about sexual problems often attribute such difficulties to a woman being “overly religious” and inhibited. Actually, it has recently been shown that the healthier a woman’s relationship with God is, the happier will be her sex life.

It is important that every couple planning marriage have premarital counseling and that every woman has pelvic examination before marriage it will help eliminate most concerns about intercourse that couples have on entering marriage.

Vaginal dryness: Vaginal dryness can result from inadequate lubrication. It is normal for a woman to have less lubrication immediately after a period, after menopause, and if she is not fully sexually excited. If discomfort during intercourse is only as a result of poor lubrication at those certain times, you can assume that you are normal. Then you merely use a lubricant when you need it.

Vaginal infection: the virginal infection that most often causes pain with intercourse is monilia vaginitis. Trichomoniasis, which can cause itching in the vagina and vulva, can also cause pain with intercourse. In addition, genital warts (Condyloma) located at the entrance to the vagina can cause painful intercourse.
A vaginal infection should be treated by your health care provider. When the infection is cleared, the pain normally stops. 

Physical problems: Example of some of the physical problem that can cause painful intercourse are as follows:
  • Low grade PID (pelvic inflammatory disease).
  • A Batholin gland infection 
  • Congenital abnormalities of the hymen and vagina
  • An IUD (Intrauterine Device).

Problems associated with pregnancy and childbirth: Many women find intercourse within the last two or three months uncomfortable and at times painful, but it is not really dangerous. Discomfort is due to the swelling of the vagina and vulvar tissues and the fullness of the pelvic structures because of the presence of the baby and the enlarged uterus.

Note: Episiotomies or tears of the vagina is one of the things that can cause pain with intercourse. Occurs mostly when the vagina heals with scarring and is usually worse if a woman is nursing. One of the most common cause of painful intercourse related to childbirth is when a woman is nursing, while a woman is nursing, the Pituary gland suppresses the production of estrogen from the ovaries and stimulates the production of milk from the breasts. This inadequate estrogen causes the vagina to become dry and sensitive. Painful intercourse is common in nursing mothers and a vaginal lubricant can help reduce the dryness.

Remember Health is Wealth 

Written By: ISIKADI PRECIOUS  (RN)

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