Many women experience mild to extreme pain during sexual intercourse. But only some take it seriously and have the condition checked by a doctor while others tend to ignore the pain as being customary during sex.
Ways to treat Dyspareunia
Sadly that is not the case. For experiencing pain during sex continuously may indicate that there is something more serious to be concerned about. And experiencing pain every time you have sex may mean that you are suffering from a condition called Dyspareunia.
Also called as painful sexual intercourse, Dyspareunia can be caused by either an underlying medical problem or a psychological issue. Causes notwithstanding, there are several ways in which the condition can be treated. And in this article, we will examine just a few of the more common forms of treatment for Dyspareunia.
Diagnose the Condition and its reason first
The first step in treating Dyspareunia lies in diagnosing the condition and the reason for the same correctly. A correct diagnosis would usually prompt a quick and effective diagnosis.
Accordingly, some of the main causes for Dyspareunia would include conditions like vaginismus, vulvodynia, insufficient lubrication, vulvar vestibulitis, genital injuries, vaginal dryness, allergic reactions, reduced libido levels, low levels of estrogen in the body, and inadequate foreplay etc. Sometimes Dyspareunia would also stem from psychological problems.
Treating Physical Issues that lead to Dyspareunia
Once the reason for the condition has been found, the treatment can be easily initiated. In the case of physical reasons, antibiotics and other forms of medications would do the trick. For instance, water soluble creams and lubricants containing estrogen as their primary ingredient can be used to treat conditions like vaginal dryness.
Vaginal infections can be treated with the help of antibiotics, antibacterial and antifungal medications. Conditions like vaginismus can be treated using devices of varying sizes (which are inserted into the vagina in increasing order of size in order to dilate the vaginal opening). Medications and treatments that involve increased blood flow to the genital regions can tackle problems like low libido.
Treating Emotional/Psychological Issues that lead to Dyspareunia
Women who experience extreme pain during sexual intercourse would tend to have the fear of getting that pain again every time they have sex. And this fear would prevent them from enjoying sex wholesomely.
In certain cases, this fear of painful sex can cause a condition called vaginismus which would in turn cause Dyspareunia. And so, it becomes really important to address your fears and apprehensions about sex in order to get treated for Dyspareunia. And this is where a sex therapist enters the picture.
Talking to a sex therapist can ease whatever worries you have about sex and the pain you experience during the act. You can also bring your partner along for these sessions. Working together on the issue would enable you to bridge communication gaps, deal with problems in the relationship and also find out other ways to spruce up your sex life until the condition is successfully treated.
Post Menopausal Estrogen Therapy
Many women tend to experience the symptoms of Dyspareunia as and when they reach menopause. This would be due to the reduced estrogen levels in the body which could in turn lead to issues like vaginal dryness and insufficient lubrication, conditions that can potentially lead to Dyspareunia.
The best way to treat the condition at this stage would be to opt for estrogen replacement therapies that would balance the estrogen levels in the body and prevent the conditions caused by menopause in women. Available as pills, creams or vaginal rings, these therapies could significantly lower a woman’s risk of contracting Dyspareunia. However, not every woman could go for estrogen replacement therapies and would need to discuss the same with a doctor thoroughly before opting for the procedure.
Changes to the Existing Sexual Routine
Maybe the position you have sex in is causing the pain that you experience during sex. Or maybe you are not being stimulated/aroused enough to lubricate properly? These conditions can potentially cause Dyspareunia.
Changing your sexual position can possibly limit the pain you experience during sex. Try different positions to find out which work well for you and your partner. Then again, adopting different foreplay methods in addition to increasing the foreplay length can help stimulate vaginal lubrication. You can also use water based lubricants that would reduce the friction (and ensuing pain) caused by penetration.