Painful Intercourse For Men And Women: Causes And Cures

By | July 8, 2016

20708Sex should not hurt; it is a pleasurable activity that people engage in for fun, to express love and to reproduce.

There are several reasons why sexual intercourse can be painful for men and women. Generally, the most common one would be infection. It can be a urinary tract infection that affects the bladder and urethra of males and females. Bacteria can enter the urethra through touching or improper wiping after a bowel movement. It is more common in women because of the shorter urethra and a more physically susceptible genital area. It causes burning during urination especially in women and sometimes in men, but can produce a feeling of fullness and urgency to urinate. These infections can also cause cloudy, pink or bloody urine. They must be treated with antibiotic by a physician.

Another common reason for painful intercourse would be a sexually transmitted disease. These are infections in the genitals that are transmitted via sex. These diseases include gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomonas. They can cause a burning or itching in the genital area of both men and women and also need to be treated by a physician. Men may be asymptomatic, but women usually experience some level of discomfort.

Vaginal yeast infections are very common in women. They are sometimes increased during hormonal changes such as the menstrual cycle or pregnancy. They can also occur after a round of antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body, such as a sinus or throat infection. The antibiotic kill off good bacteria in the vagina that help keep yeast in check. Yeast infections cause burning, itching or pain in the genital area. It is often accompanied by a white clumpy discharge. It should be first diagnosed by a physician and can be treated by over the counter creams or with a prescription anti-fungal oral tablet.

Trichomonas is a common sexually transmitted microorganism that is causes pain and itching. It, too, can be treated by a prescription medication and the woman’s partner should be treated as well, to avoid reinfection.

Bacterial vaginosis is another common infection in the vagina but it not necessarily sexually transmitted. This is often caused by a disruption of the vaginal flora in a similar way that antibiotic use can. However, like a yeast infection, this can be hormonally related and not uncommon in women who are menopausal or pregnant or menstruating. Bacterial vaginosis causes burning and pain during urination and intercourse and may be accompanied by a fishy odor and grayish discharge.

Any vaginal or penile pain needs to be checked by a physician. They will then perform a culture of any discharge to accurately diagnose and treat the condition. They will suggest ways to avoid reinfection, such as using condoms.

When no signs of infection are present, pelvic floor dysfunction may be the cause of genital pain. During menopause, the lack of estrogen can cause a thinning of the vaginal wall and this can be a cause of painful intercourse.

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