Sexual intercourse should bring pleasure and intimacy. When pain prevents you from having a healthy sex life, female urology specialist, Dr. Jennifer Hill, of Suffolk Pelvic Medicine can help. She offers women who live in Riverhead, New York and the surrounding Long Island area non-medical and medical-based therapies and laser interventions to relieve pain felt during intercourse. Call her office, or book an appointment online to learn more.
Pain during intercourse doesn’t have to be constant to be a sign of concern. Dyspareunia, the medical term for painful intercourse, may be diagnosed when you have any of the following:
You may have pain at the point of entry, at the point of deep penetration, or pain that lingers after sex. Raise any of these problems with Dr. Hill. She can help get at the root of the issue causing your pain.
Emotional factors, such as stress or a history of sexual abuse, can be reasons why you experience painful intercourse. Other reasons include:
At Suffolk County Medicine, Dr. Hill can evaluate your pain and its type and severity to help determine a cause. A thorough medical history review, pelvic exam, and possibly imaging tests help her determine what may be at the root of your dyspareunia.
Your treatment is very much determined by the cause of your pain. If Dr. Hill discovers an infection or medical condition, some medicines may help. If you have vaginal dryness that’s causing uncomfortable friction and burning, she may recommend estrogen creams or vaginal wellness treatments with the diVa laser. Low estrogen levels commonly occur in menopausal women or women in the immediate postpartum period.
She may also offer non-medical interventions, including counseling or desensitization therapy, that helps you learn to relax your vagina during intimacy. She may also help you understand at-home measures, such as changes in position, over-the-counter lubricants, and longer foreplay that can increase your pleasure.
If you’re experiencing pain during sexual intercourse, don’t hesitate to call Suffolk Pelvic Medicine, or book an appointment online.