Sex shouldn’t be painful. Find out what could be causing your discomfort during intercourse.
If sex has turned from a fun, pleasurable experience to something uncomfortable and even painful, then it’s time to talk to our Upper East Side gynecologist, Dr. Sharon Diamond, about what might be going on.
As women get older, particularly around the time they reach menopause, they may experience an increase in vaginal dryness and a loss of vaginal elasticity due to the reduction in circulating estrogen that comes with menopause. These are some of the more obvious causes of pain can often be effectively treated.
Other causes of painful intercourse include:
- Vaginal infections
- Cervical or uterine infections
- Fibroids and other uterine problems
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Skin conditions such as lichen sclerosis, psoriasis or excyma
- Psychological or related issues
How is pain during intercourse treated?
The first step is to accurately diagnose causes of discomfort and then to address them. A thorough history and physical examination is necessary with a caring physician. For example, it is common for new mothers to have pain at the entrance to the vagina after childbirth, whether or not an episiotomy has been performed.
Waiting until six weeks after childbirth to have sex and using over-the-counter lubricants when experiencing dryness may be certain simple measures than can be taken in this situation to reduce sexual discomfort.
If your dryness is due to the menopausal drop in estrogene, it’s time to talk to our Upper East Side women’s doctor about prescription medications or over-the-counter options. Prescription local estrogen in cream, suppository or ring form may be useful. If medications have not been found to be helpful or if they are contra-indicated because of other medical or family history or conditions, we are also pleased to offer the MonaLisa Touch. This treatment is used to reduce symptoms such as dryness, pain with sexual activity and burning.
What is MonaLisa Touch?
This FDA-approved medical laser is designed to stimulate and restructure collagen within the vagina to increase natural lubrication and elasticity. This can be a wonderful option for women dealing with this uncomfortable problem for whom hormonal treatments are not appropriate. It may also be effective for treating skin conditions such as lichen sclerosis when other therapy has not been effective..
The therapy consists of three treatments, each performed about six weeks apart. They are performed right here in our office and there is little downtime. You can walk right into our office for care and walk right out after it’s done, making it a convenient treatment for those with busy schedules.
Don’t let pain become the norm, call our Upper East Side, NY gynecology office today to schedule your next appointment.