If your sex drive has been affected due to a burning sensation you are not alone. Research shows that quite a number of women complain about vulvodynia or vestibulodynia which is a discomfort or burning pain around the vulva area.
Or, it could be dyspareunia also known as painful sex.
Considering sex should be pleasurable, it is hard to wrap your mind around that stinging sensation that comes during penetrative sex or after.
While there are many reasons why that could be happening, in most cases it is nothing to worry about really, but none the less it should not be ignored either.
If it is a consistent occurrence during and right after sex then it is something that may need medical attention.
To help put your mind at ease, here are some lead causes that may be the reason behind pain and what you can do about it:Lack of stimulation
If you’re suffering from stress, anxiety or other mental issues chances are it will interfere with your ability to get aroused.
Sex starts in the mind and if you’re not in the right frame of mind getting in the mood becomes a chore. This in turn affects the natural production of lubrication in your vaginal area accompanied with the tightening of your pelvic muscles.
If this is the case, let your partner know you are not fine and consider counselling to deal with what you are going through in your life.Infections
Yeast infections are common but if not dealt with can cause havoc in your vagina. The itchiness, white thick vaginal discharge and a foul odor may cause some burning during sex which will result in inflammation and this could result to serious discomfort.
According to experts, an imbalance of the pH in the vagina is to blame for yeast infections. You may need to be tested and treated for that. However, antifungal meds are typically used for treatment.Tampons
If you have a vagina that is usually drier, inserting a tampon may cause extra irritation. Also not inserting it the right way or deep enough may lead to some pain during intercourse.
You should also check the materials used in making the brand you use in case there is something your body may be reacting to.
In this case it is a good idea to give the tampons a break and consider other options.Menopause
The transition into and during menopause affects the body’s natural ability to lubricate. This is due to hormonal changes when the estrogen hormone which helps to keep the vagina moist during arousal drops causing the vaginal lining to thin out.
This leads to dryness and the burning sensation which occurs during and after sex.
Your doctor will be able to advice on the best lubrications to relive discomfort and medication such as estrogen pills and creams.Douching
Do not be tempted to stick your fingers all the way into your vagina in the name of cleaning. Your vagina is self-cleaning and what it really requires is a gentle wash with warm water and you’re done.
Skip scented or vaginal products no matter the benefits they claim to have. Failure to do so disrupts the natural pH balance which helps keep harmful bacteria from your vagina.Allergies
Sex toys, condoms and some lubrication may be reason behind your stinging and pain. Investigate the materials and ingredients in what you are using before using them during sex.
Some lubricants contain glycerin and parabens that may trigger allergic reactions. Opt for water based lubes and try non-latex condoms.
If severe allergies occur you may need to seek medical attention.