Painful Intercourse

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  • Vagina feels like burning during sex (painful sex)

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

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About the symptom

Painful intercourse describes the persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after sex.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Pain during sex

Possible causes

  • Descent of uterus / uterine prolapse

    Protrusion of the uterus (womb) outside of the body. This happens when the muscles and tissues that support the womb become weakened (e.g. after repeated childbirths, aging), allowing the womb to drop out.

  • Trichomoniasis

    Infection of the vagina by a parasite called Trichomonas. The disease is sexually transmitted, but does often not cause any symptoms in men.

  • Uterine fibroids

    A non-cancerous growth in or around the womb (uterus). Fibroids are made up of muscle and tissue and can vary in size. The exact cause is unknown but fibroids have been related to female hormones (Estrogen and Progesterone) levels. They tend to develop during the ages of 16 to 50 and shrink after menopause.

  • Candida vulvovaginitis
  • Functional dysmenorrhea
  • Endometriosis
  • Bartholin's gland cyst
  • Chlamydia infection
  • Menopausal syndrome

Related serious diseases

  • Ovarian hemorrhage

    Bleeding from the ovaries. The most common causes is rupture of a cyst on the surface of the ovaries. This usually happens in the week preceding menses.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you feel pain during sexual intercourse?

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