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Six reasons why you feel pain after intercourse

Readers Lounge By Audrey Masitsa
Most times any pain caused by intimacy will subside after a few days (Photo: Shutterstock)

As pleasurable as getting intimate with your partner is, that high can come down pretty fast if it results in pain. 

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Miss V is one heck of a tough cookie. She not only takes care of herself in terms of hygiene and general health, but she can endure traumatic experiences like childbirth and tears and still come out victorious.

Nevertheless, some of our actions can hurt her and put her at risk of illness. In this article we will focus on those bedroom acts that can cause pain and what you should do to treat and prevent injury.

  1. No lubrication

Before you get down and dirty, please ensure that you are well lubricated. One of the most common reasons for pain after sex is a lack of proper lubrication which results in too much friction. Different factors such as age, use of birth control, medication and not enough foreplay can prevent you from getting enough lubrication. This can result in tears and painful sex.

Treatment: Should you experience pain due to a lack of lubrication, Healthline recommends using a water-based lube Miss V to soothe Miss V. Otherwise, the tears should heal by themselves after a few days.

Prevention: Ensure you are well lubricated before you do the deed. Take your time during foreplay and if you feel that you’re not wet enough, use a lube. Your gynae can recommend the best one for you.

  1. Mr Sir is well endowed

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There’s a certain obsession about getting it from a man who is well-endowed. What goes unsaid is how painful it can be. Length and girth can cause excruciating pain when factors like lubrication aren’t right. You can tear or he can hit your cervix and cause you unbearable pain.

Treatment: An over-the-counter painkiller can help reduce any abdominal pain. Report any symptoms that last longer than a few days to your doctor.

Prevention: The best way to handle a well-endowed Mr Sir is to take your time. Take it slow. Allow your body to adjust to his size. It is also advisable to stick to positions that put you in-charge so you can control the level of penetration and the pace.

It's best to speak to your partner about anything that causes you discomfort or pain (Photo: Shutterstock)
  1. Rough and/or prolonged sex

It’s not uncommon for things to get rough or for it to last too long that your natural lubrication dries out, you get swollen and/or tears. 

Treatment: Make an ice pack by putting an ice cube in a clean towel and placing it against Miss V, outside your panties. This can help reduce soreness while tears will heal on their own.

Prevention: Opt for store-bought lube to boost your natural lubrication. During intimacy, start slowly and gently before picking up the pace. Speak to your partner if their actions are causing you pain and teach them the best way to do it to prevent any soreness. 

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  1. You have an infection

Sometimes an existing infection can make you feel pain during intimacy. If you experience abnormal discharge, a burning sensation or itching during or after sex, please visit your doctor immediately.

Treatment: Your doctor will be able to diagnose the particular type of infection be it a yeast infection, UTI or STI, etc. and give you the necessary treatment. To avoid passing on any illnesses between you and your partner, he should also get tested just in case he too has an infection. 

Prevention: Peeing after sex helps reduce the chances of getting a UTI. Practice proper hygiene to help prevent chances of getting an infection. Clean any toys you use thoroughly after use and store them properly.

  1. Latex allergy

Sensitivity to latex can result in pain after intimacy. 

Treatment: If the pain is unbearable use an ice pack to cool the area giving you some comfort. Also give Miss V time to heal.

Prevention: If you notice that you are sensitive to latex, ask your doctor’s help in getting alternatives.

  1. Medical condition

Some medical conditions like uterine fibroids and endometriosis can make one feel pain after sex. 

Treatment: There’s no home remedy for this. You will need to visit your doctor for a diagnosis.

Prevention: Your doctor will be able to advise you on the best ways to reduce pain during intercourse. You might have to stick to certain positions for maximum comfort. 

While Miss V is quite capable of healing on her own, talk to your doctor if the pain lasts too long or you notice other symptoms like unusual discharge or smells.

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