Painful intercourse is exactly what it sounds like— painful! Unfortunately, it’s something that a lot of women experience for a variety of reasons. It could be due to declining estrogen levels, from an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed pelvic issue like pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis, or from recurring urinary tract infections. Unfortunately, painful intercourse is oftentimes disregarded as something that’s just “in your head” or easily fixed by relaxing or purchasing some lubricant (as if you didn’t already try that!).
When a woman is not able to experience intimacy freely, it can become quite distressing and can cause friction within her relationship. Maybe she begins to avoid the act, coming up with excuses as to why she is not in the mood. Maybe her husband begins to think it’s something he has done wrong, or perhaps there is boredom only being able to engage in certain positions that are less painful. She may begin to experience anxiety or depression because she wants to enjoy sex but is not able to.
If you are experiencing painful sex, we can help. A pelvic ultrasound can help us determine the presence of a fibroid or cysts that may be causing pain. We will ask you questions to see if this could be related to endometriosis or interstitial cystitis. If it turns out that low estrogen is to blame, we could start you on hormones which will improve lubrication. Or, once any underlying conditions are diagnosed and treated, we may offer MonaLisa Touch as a longer term solution for painful sex. It restores vaginal elastin, collagen, and blood vessels, allowing your vaginal tissues to heal and become restored. Instead of experiencing painful intercourse, you will be able to enjoy sex again!