Many people experience pain after sex. Universal Pictures. There are many things a person might want to feel after having sex with someone, and noticeable pain in the vagina probably isn't among them. But bodies often react to things in unpredictable ways, so feeling vaginal pain after sex, while certainly undesirable, is by no means uncommon. Because pain after sex is fairly common — according to the Mayo Clinic, many people with vaginas have painful sex at some point in their lives — it can be easy to assume that post-coital pain is the price of admission for a sex life. Don't ignore any pain you feel after having sex.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG , nearly three out of four women experience pain during sex also called dyspareunia at some point during their lives. The solution: Luckily, the way to fix this is really, really fun: more foreplay. There is no set amount of time that foreplay is supposed to last, so take as long as you and your partner need. There are factors like medications that can affect your ability to be properly lubricated. The solution: Lube! That said, if dryness seems to be a perpetual problem, see a doctor to find out if there are other options for you.
We respect your privacy. Many women with endometriosis say that intercourse hurts. In fact, about two-thirds of women with endometriosis have sexual dysfunction of some type, according to an analysis published in in Reproductive Sciences. Pain with intercourse, or dyspareunia, is different for every woman. Some women say the pain is mild while others describe it as sharp and stabbing.
About 30 percent of women report pain during vaginal intercourse, according to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which surveyed a subsample of 1, women and men ages 18 and older online. Awareness of painful vaginal sex—sometimes lumped under the term Female Sexual Dysfunction FSD —has grown as more women talk about their experiences and more medical professionals start to listen. Many conditions are associated with FSD, including vulvodynia chronic vulva pain , vestibulodynia chronic pain around the opening of the vagina , and vaginismus cramping and tightness around the opening of the vagina. But they all have one thing in common: vaginal or vulval pain that can make penetrative sex anywhere from mildly uncomfortable to physically impossible. However, you can absolutely still have sex, which we'll get to in a minute.