Love Should Not Be Painful


An estimated 20 million women suffer from pain during intercourse, yet up to 40 % of these women do not seek medical help.

The reason for this is that most of these women are unaware of what discomfort is or find it embarrassing to talk about.

Dr Andrew Goldstein, co author of the book “When Sex Hurts” says,” if it hurts almost every time or it’s getting worse, discuss it with your gynecologist. The problem could be easily solved or the symptoms could be a sign of something worse.

Some of the possible causes of pain could be:


An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled growth that affects about 30 percent of premenopausal women. Most cysts are harmless and disappear although your doctor will probably do an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis and ask you to check back two months later if sex still hurts.

Vaginal infections

Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are infections that can be easily treated for a more comfortable sexual experience. A helpful home remedy  for vaginal yeast infection involves usage of tea tree oil, which is a natural antifungal, you can pour two three drops of it on a tampon and insert it into the vagina and repeat this process twice a day.


Vaginismus is an involuntary contraction, or reflex muscle tightening, of the pelvic floor muscles that generally occurs when an attempt is made to insert an object (tampon, penis, speculum used for a Pap test) into the vagina. This muscle tightening causes pain, which can range from mild discomfort to severe burning and aching. Vaginismus is highly treatable.

Uterine fibroids

Areas of benign tissue that grow on the uterine wall. An ultrasound is can be conducted to see if you have these fibroids. Once their size and location is determined, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Hysterectomy is the most effective way to remove them, but there are less invasive options, such as having an IUD inserted to shrink growths

Bartholin’s glands

When two pea-size organs located on each of the vaginal lips — pump out lubrication upon arousal and can get clogged or infected. Experts don’t know why some women suddenly experience trouble.


About 15 percent of women in their childbearing years suffer from this disease. Endometriosis can cause infertility, so if you’re having difficulty conceiving, you’ll need to undergo a minor surgical procedure to determine the severity of the disease and the best treatment.

It is advised that if you are experiencing any kind of pain during sex that you visit you doctor as soon as possible. The Redbook has more information on other pains, causes and treatments.

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