FAQS about Pain During Intercourse

FAQS about Pain During Intercourse

Are you experiencing pain during intercourse? If so, then you probably have questions.

While the topic may never come up at a dinner party you might be surprised to hear that pain during sex is actually a common complaint. In fact, it is believed that about three out of four women will experience pain during intercourse at some point in their lives. If you are dealing with painful sex and are looking for answers, Upper East Side gynecologist Dr. Sharon Diamond may be able to help you.Pain During Intercourse

What causes pain during intercourse?
There are many possible causes of painful intercourse. These include physical problems, such as endometriosis or vaginal dryness, as well as emotional issues such as a history of abuse or anxiety around sexual intimacy.  Consulting with Dr. Diamond, your gynecologist on the Upper East Side of NY can help determine the root cause of your issues so as to figure out how to help solve your problem.

When should I see my Upper East Side women’s doctor?
If you are experiencing pain during sex that is either severe or persistent, then you need an evaluation to determine the cause of the pain and develop a treatment plan to help alleviate it.

What specific gynecological problems could cause painful sex?
Pain during sex can be just one warning sign that there is a health problem brewing. Some of these conditions should be treated right away to prevent further issue down the line:

  • Skin conditions (e.g. contact dermatitis)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause)
  • Vaginitis or Cervicitis (infection or inflammation of vagina or cervix)
  • Vaginismus (painful muscle contractions with attempts at penetration)
  • Endometriosis
  • Adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Ovarian cysts

What should I expect when I come in for medical care?
During your appointment, there will be a list of things to discuss to determine what might be causing your pain. A careful medical and sexual history will be taken where you will be asked about your symptoms in great detail.  You will be asked to provide a list of any other medical conditions that you have or medications you are taking. It will be important to let the doctor know if there is any  history of sexual abuse. A physical exam will also be performed. By the end of the consultation it will be determined whether any additional testing (e.g. ultrasound) will be needed. At that point a specific treatment plan will be explained and discussed.
If you are experiencing pain with intercourse call our office on the Upper East Side and schedule your appointment with Dr. Diamond today.

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