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Explanations for painful sex

  • std
  • vagina
  • bacterial vaginosis
  • yeast infection
  • painful sex
  • pain


"Having sex is painful for me lately. It never was before. What could this mean?"

- Anonymous


If you are experiencing pain during intercourse, that is usually a sign that you are infected with something. You could have an STD, an overgrowth of yeast or bacterial vaginosis. All of these infections irritate the vagina and cause discomfort and burning sensations during intercourse. 

The first thing you should do is get yourself tested for STDs. If you get a positive result, you can then discuss treatment options with your doctor. If your tests come back negative, you should make an appointment with your doctor anyway so you can be diagnosed for either bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection. You may even be suffering from a different affliction.

The vagina can sometimes become sore if you have had poorly-lubricated sex. If this is an issue for you, make sure you stock up on water-based lubricants. This is especially important if you are using condoms during intercourse. Oil-based lubricants can sometimes create holes in condoms.

Make sure you tell your sexual partners that intercourse is painful for you. This is a line of communication that you must keep open. Your partner needs to know if it's time to stop if you are experiencing pain.

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