Treatments to Stop Painful Intercourse

Age can cause changes in your body and alter the way you respond to intercourse. Around 25% to 45% of women suffer from painful sex, with menopausal women most likely to be affected. 

At the OB/GYN practice of Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, we encourage you to talk openly about your sexual health and interactions. If you suffer from painful intercourse, Dr. Rodke can help you resolve the issue with one or more gentle treatments.


Painful intercourse is medically known as the condition dyspareunia, which can be caused by a wide range of things. 


One of the first things to do if you experience pain during sex is to be tested for STIs, as common infections can make sex feel painful. Getting tested can give you peace of mind if nothing is amiss, and help us treat you correctly if you have an infection. 

Vaginal infections

Other infections can also cause pain with sex. If your hormone or pH balances are off, your vagina can become a breeding ground for bacteria or yeast, causing an infection. These conditions can usually be treated easily with oral medication and creams.


Another cause of painful intercourse is a urinary tract infection. You may not know you have a UTI, but your urethra can become inflamed. During penetrative sex, the pressure and friction can cause intense pain. Treating the UTI often resolves the pain during sex issue as well.


If you have a history of urinary, bladder, sexual, or vaginal infections, you could develop a chronic condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID. If you have pain during intercourse plus urinary pain, chronic pelvic pain, and/or a fever, ask Dr. Rodke about PID.

Life events

Finally, childbirth, aging, menopause, or medical treatments such as chemo can all cause changes to your body. You might notice vaginal dryness, or a fragility of skin tissue. Slowing and lessening of blood flow to the vaginal and vulvar tissues can make sex feel unbearable. 

Treatment for these conditions includes use of the MonaLisa Touch® system. This treatment uses gentle laser energy emitted from a small device that fits comfortably into your vaginal canal while you relax. It stimulates blood flow and enhances the viability of your genital tissues, improving tissue laxity and lubrication. 

Are you ready to rejuvenate your sex life? Call our office at 212-496-9800, or book an appointment online today. We’ll provide you with compassionate, discrete treatment to restore your vaginal health.

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