Intercourse should not hurt. I’m always surprised at how many of my patients have been suffering with painful intercourse of some kind for years. But I’m also so glad they have finally decided to seek treatment. There are many reasons why a woman might be suffering from painful intercourse. For example, lack of lubrication, vaginal muscle tension, endometriosis, vaginal infections, and structural abnormalities are all possible reasons for painful intercourse. Whether you experience pain with penetration, throughout the vagina or deep in your pelvis, it should be taken seriously and addressed by a medical professional with expertise in this area.
Some health professionals may suggest that these problems are psychological and therefore require long term therapy or counseling to fix the problem. This may be true in some cases, but while those issues are being unraveled in therapy, a woman can actually treat her symptoms and, in many cases, see tangible and rewarding results in a matter of months.
The women we see at Maze tell us heartbreaking stories about how painful intercourse affects their romantic relationships, and how the inability to have rewarding sex with someone they care about feeds insecurity and loss of self-esteem. Working on what’s going on emotionally with a therapist, while exploring what’s happening to the body with a medical professional is a good recipe for success that we practice here at Maze.
Painful sex needs to be eliminated from the sex lives of all women, in any way possible. (And there are numerous treatment options available!)