Interviewer: There is pain when you have sexual intercourse. Is this a normal thing or should you be concerned? That's coming up next on The Scope. We're talking today with Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones. She's the expert in all things woman. Jones, we got an e-mail asking about pain during sexual intercourse. That doesn't sound normal, but again, I'm not an expert, so you tell me, is that normal?
Symptoms of painful sex
Pain during intercourse affects many women at some point during their lives. For some women, however, it is a recurring problem that can affect their self-esteem, relationships, and sex lives. If you experience pain during sex, it is important to talk openly with your doctor about your symptoms. A woman may have experienced pain during intercourse throughout her life, or she may have had pain-free intercourse previously. She may only feel it in certain positions or with certain partners. In addition, if previous sexual experiences have been painful, the body may become tense in anticipation of another painful experience, which can ultimately cause pain during sex to occur again. Feelings of fear, guilt, or shame can make it difficult for women to become aroused, which can make sex painful. For some women, emotional issues from previous sexual trauma or abuse can contribute to pain during sex. Because there are so many potential causes of pain during intercourse, it is important to consult a health care provider about the appropriate course of treatment for you.
Is It Normal to have Pain during Sex?
For women of all ages, painful sex is not only more common than you think — it's also extremely distressing. A new study conducted by researchers in the U. Researchers found that the age group most likely to experience painful sex were women ages 55 to 64, but it was also common in women between the ages of 16 and Additionally, this was the one issue related to sexual activity that women found to be the most stressful.
Sep 12, Cedars-Sinai Staff. Jennifer Anger. Anger says. Dryness is common in menopausal and post-menopausal women, though younger women can experience it as well. Kelly Wright. Dryness is the most frequent reason, but there are many other reasons sex might become painful.