Sex should be a pleasurable experience, but for many women, it can be a source of pain and discomfort. Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, is a common issue, but it is important to understand that it is not normal and can be treated. Various factors contribute to painful sex, and recognizing these can lead to effective treatments and improved quality of life. Here are some common causes of dyspareunia and how to address them:

Common Causes of Painful Sex

Vaginal Dryness Vaginal dryness is a prevalent issue, especially among women who are in peri-menopause or menopause. Hormonal changes, particularly decreased estrogen levels, can lead to dryness and changes in the vaginal pH, increasing susceptibility to infections and discomfort during intercourse.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction For sex to be enjoyable, pelvic floor muscles need to relax. However, some women experience involuntary tightening of these muscles, a condition known as vaginismus, which makes sex painful.

Interstitial Cystitis 
This condition involves an overly sensitive bladder that can become irritated during penetration, leading to pelvic pain.

Vulvodynia Vulvodynia is characterized by unexplained pain around the external genitals, often described as burning, stinging, swelling, or itching, which can occur during or after sex.

Infections Infections such as yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections, or sexually transmitted infections can cause inflammation and pain in the genital area, making intercourse uncomfortable.

Psychological Factors Psychological aspects such as trauma, stress, depression, and anxiety can significantly impact sexual experiences and manifest as physical pain during intercourse.

Effective Treatments for Painful Sex

There are various treatments available to address the causes of painful sex. At Corona Station Physical Therapy, we specialize in pelvic physical therapy, which includes:

  • Education: Understanding the underlying causes of pain and how to address them.
  • Pelvic Floor Relaxation Exercises: Techniques to help relax the pelvic floor muscles, reducing pain and discomfort.
  • Desensitization Exercises: Gradual exposure to activities that reduce sensitivity and pain in the pelvic area.
  • Resource Connection: Linking patients to healthcare providers and resources that support their recovery process.

Why Choose Corona Station Physical Therapy?

At Corona Station Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to helping women overcome the challenges of painful sex. Our approach is holistic and personalized, ensuring each patient receives the care and support they need to improve their sexual health and overall well-being.

If you are experiencing painful sex, don’t suffer in silence. Book your pelvic assessment with us today and take the first step towards a pain-free and enjoyable sexual life. Our expert team is here to guide you through your recovery and help you regain confidence and comfort in your intimate relationships.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit Corona Station Physical Therapy or call us at 780-424-4804. Let’s work together to make sex a positive and pain-free experience again.

Clinic Bio:

Corona Station Physiotherapy was built on the principles of quality one-on-one care. This means no rushing between four clients at the same time, plenty of hands-on work, and therapists who are continually growing and pursuing additional knowledge and skills. Their Edmonton downtown team includes seasoned therapists with the highest manual therapy designations offered in Canada, specialized training in jaw pain, sports rehab, and women’s health.

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