It is common that many women may experience painful sex at some stage in their life.
Pain during sex (dyspareunia) may cause stress on your relationship, loss of interest in sexual intercourse or affect your mood and state of mind.
What is dyspareunia?
Dyspareunia is the term used to describe pain that may occur before, during or after sex. Painful intercourse may affect women of all ages, women who are menopausal or women who may have had their ovaries removed due to medical conditions.
If you are experiencing pain that is concerning you it is important to consult a professional. Dr Sharon Li in Brisbane is able to diagnose the cause of the sex pain and create a treatment plan to assist in eliminating the chances of pain reoccurring.
Symptoms you may experience
There are many common symptoms you may experience and feel before, during or after intercourse. It is common for women to feel superficial pain or a deeper pain during intercourse. These symptoms may include;
- Pain during penetration
- Pain when inserting a tampon
- Vaginal dryness
- Deep pain when thrusting
- A burning or aching sensation
- Throbbing that lasts hours after intercourse.
Some women may even feel extreme tightening of the vaginal muscles during sexual intercourse.
How to treat dyspareunia
Diagnosing dyspareunia is different for each woman based on your individual symptoms. When visiting Dr Sharon Li, she may ask you a series of questions regarding the pain you are feeling, how it feels, what its triggers may be or when does it occur.
Irregular periods, hot flushes or vagina dryness during menopause also comes into account when diagnosing the cause of dyspareunia.
A pelvic examination may be performed to check for any signs of infection, irritation or anatomical problems. If required Dr Li may perform further tests such as a pelvic ultrasound or laparoscopy to determine the cause of the pain.
Depending on each woman’s symptoms and circumstances treatment options may vary. Dyspareunia treatment options may include;
- Pelvic floor muscle exercises
- Laser treatments for your intimate health
- Desensitisation Therapy
- Sex Therapy
- Lifestyle and home remedies such as changing positions, communicating, not rushing and using lubricants.
Sex Pain Brisbane
Treating sex pain (dyspareunia) may bring back the spark in your relationship or enhance your emotional intimacy and sex life. To find out more about the treatment options Dr Sharon Li has available for sex pain or to book an appointment please contact us today.