Women's sexual health

Pain + discomfort

Many women report occasional pain or discomfort with vaginal penetration. Others experience severe pain every time they have sexual intercourse. This is called dyspareunia. There are different kinds of pain that a woman can experience during sex play or intercourse. Some of these symptoms can be relieved easily with the use of lubricants, while others must be treated medically. Experts answer your questions about pain during sex, steps to help alleviate the pain, and when it's critical to seek care and treatment to avoid potential physical or emotional harm.

Popular questions & answers

Sometimes I get a very painful abdominal cramp during sex. What is it?
I'm sorry about the pain you're experiencing, but I appreciate your sharing your concern with us. Pain with intercourse can be caused by a number of conditions, and only…
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We want to have sex for the first time, but it hurts! What's the problem?
Thanks for sharing your question, and I'll do my best to help. First, keep in mind that – for most people – the first time usually isn't what they expect. Also, there…
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Why is sex painful after I orgasm?
Thanks for asking about painful sex in relation to orgasm…it's a subject that a lot of women are concerned about. First, it's quite common for women to have pain with or after …
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