If you realize that your vagina hurts after each intercourse, it can greatly affect your sexual desire. Moreover, such painful sensations may manifest certain health issues especially if they are prolonged. But what to do if everything was good during sex?
First of all, you need to know that vaginal pain after sex is not uncommon. Moreover, young women tend to be more prone to it. If your vagina is hurting for more then a day, it is better to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Some infections and diseases may cause itching and pain in the genital area, so you need to perform a check-up.
If you didn’t notice any abnormal discharge or spotting and your vaginal pain passed within a few hours, you may try to figure out the reason for this condition yourself. In this article, we gathered four causes of pain after sex and what you can to in order to prevent it.
1. Your sexual intercourse was rough
Everyone has their own preferences in sex. Someone loves gentle sex and long foreplay, while others like rough sex and the use of different toys. But some extreme poses can result in additional pressure on the vulva or vagina and this can make you feel that sex hurts.
Despite the fact that every woman has her own preferences, it is recommended to avoid sex positions from behind because of the pressure they create. You should also inform your partner if you don’t feel comfortable in a certain position if the angle of penetration is wrong or the speed is too high.
2. There was not enough lubrication
A lack of lubrication can cause significant damage during intercourse. Moreover, it is the most common cause of sex-related injuries. People can get carried away with passion and not even notice that something went wrong. That’s why it is so important to pay enough attention to foreplay or additional lubrication if it’s needed. It is completely okay if you may need some time to warm up and your partner should understand this.
To stay on the safe side, it is better to make sure that there is enough foreplay and your vagina is well-lubricated. You also need to know that your lubrication may depend on several factors such as pregnancy or the day of your cycle. Feel free to use a lubricant if you need it but try to choose silicone-based lubes or natural coconut oil. You can also use lubricants if you use condoms because they can also become dry during the process.
3. A cyst can cause pain
A Bartholin’s gland cyst is a condition in which a benign growth develops on Bartholin’s glands. It can be located on one or both sides of your vagina. Bartholin’s glands are responsible for lubrication before sex and this cyst can block the fluid flow. If you feel a burn in your vagina and there are little growths in the vaginal opening, it is probably a Bartholin’s cyst that is the main culprit of your painful sensations. You can also feel some swelling in this area although it rarely occurs evenly on both sides of the vaginal opening.
The simplest and most common home remedy for a Bartholin’s cyst is taking a very warm bath because it can help you get rid of excess fluid. But it is always better to visit your doctor. He or she can perform a surgical procedure to remove the cyst and you will be able to have sex with adequate lubrication again.
4. You are allergic to something
It may seem like a myth or joke but you can actually be allergic to semen. Despite the fact that this is a very rare condition, you shouldn’t panic if it happens to you. Although you can’t perform any test to determine this allergy, you can try to use condoms and if you painful sensations disappear than this condition may be the main culprit.
But you should also know that some women can be allergic to some products like scented lubes or latex condoms. In the case of an allergic reaction, you should immediately clear your vagina and vulva from allergens and visit the doctor as soon as possible.