Why You Should Never Ignore Pain with Sex

Approximtaely 25% to 45% of women struggle with painful sex, and this number is higher among menopausal women. If you’ve noticed that sex has become increasingly uncomfortable as you’ve grown older, you can benefit from a chat with your OB/GYN.  

At the OB/GYN practice of Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, sex isn’t a taboo subject. Dr. Rodke can help you accurately define what’s going on during painful intercourse, and help you resolve the issue by using the MonaLisa Touch® system to restore comfort during sexual intimacy.

Why pain with sex should never be ignored

The medical term for painful sex is dyspareunia. Some more serious causes of pain during intercourse include:

Common infections

A passing infection, like a yeast or bacterial infection (vaginosis), can make your vulva, labia, and vaginal walls irritated. You might feel itching, burning, and pain even when you’re not having sex. 

A urinary tract infection can cause inflammation around the urethra, causing pain when you’re having sex due to friction and pressure. Fortunately, all of these infections are readily treated with oral and topical medications.

Constant infections can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Other signs of PID include chronic pelvic pain, pain when urinating, and fever. 

Sexually transmitted infections

A sexually transmitted infection, like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and other STIs, can cause pain and discomfort during or after sex. You can also transmit infections to your partner during sex, so getting tested for STIs is a must. 

If you have an STI, you don’t have to feel shame. A whopping 50% of sexually active persons have at least one encounter with an STI by age 25. The important thing is to get tested, then treated, and to let your sex partners know so they can do the same. Dr. Rodke and our staff will not judge you.  

Other causes of painful sex

Other painful sex experiences can be atributed to more benign causes, such as:

These are fairly benign causes of vaginal pain during sex, and can often be resolved with time and proper treatment. If Dr. Rodke determines your pain is due to poor vaginal tissue health, the MonaLisa Touch treatment could be the answer.

The MonaLisa Touch

The MonaLisa Touch is the latest technology to boost tissue health. This system uses gentle laser energy to stimulate blood flow and enhance tissue viability. Dr. Rodke will gently insert the small device into your vagina, and let you relax comfortably while it emits laser energy.

Increasing blood flow to the area helps your body produce more natural lubrication, and  stimulates the tissues inside your vagina to improve laxity. The whole procedure only takes about five minutes, and there’s no downtime. You may need several sessions, depending on your diagnosis.  

Don’t ignore painful sex. 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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