Painful Intercourse Specialist

coastal obstetrics and gynecology -  - OBGYN

coastal obstetrics and gynecology

OBGYNs located in stamford, CT

About 3 out of 4 women experience painful intercourse at some point in their lives, but for some, pain during sex is persistent. Board-certified OB/GYN's Robert Gennaro, MD, Patrick Cahill, DO, Antonios Panagiotakis, DO, Shieva Ghofrany, MD, FACOG, and their expert team at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology treat painful sex with Viveve™ nonsurgical intimate rejuvenation at their office in Stamford, Connecticut. If painful intercourse is a long-term problem, call or book an appointment online today.

Painful Intercourse Q & A

What is painful intercourse?

It’s common to experience painful sex on occasion, but persistent or recurrent pain during intercourse may be a sign of an underlying medical issue. This pain can occur at any point in your sexual experience — before, during, or after intercourse.

You may feel pain in your vulva, the area surrounding your vaginal opening, or inside the vagina. Pain can range from mild to severe and may cause strain in your romantic relationships.

What causes painful intercourse for women?

A variety of factors can lead to painful intercourse, ranging from emotions to medical problems. Common causes of painful sex in women include:

  • Emotions such as fear or shame
  • Conflicts within the relationship
  • Hormonal changes during menopause
  • Infections such as vaginitis
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication
  • Medications such as birth control
  • Medical conditions such as cancer
  • Vaginal trauma from childbirth

Even if you know what’s causing your pain, it’s important to seek treatment at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Some of these issues, such as vaginitis, require medical treatment.

When should I see a doctor about painful sex?

You should schedule an appointment at Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology any time painful intercourse is frequent or severe enough to cause you concern. Without treatment, painful sex can disrupt your intimate relationship and negatively affect your quality of life.

How do you diagnose and treat painful sex?

First, the doctor performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history. If needed, they may perform tests, such as an ultrasound, to determine the cause of your pain.

Then, they develop a treatment plan that best suits your particular condition. They may recommend nonsurgical intimate rejuvenation treatment with Viveve if your pain is caused by one or more of the following:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Symptoms of menopause

Viveve uses radiofrequency energy to restore healthy lubrication and muscle tone to your vaginal tissues. This safe and effective treatment results in a more pleasurable, pain-free sexual experience for both you and your partner to enjoy.

Although Viveve doesn’t involve surgery or downtime, you should wait at least 48 hours after treatment to have intercourse. You may notice improvement within a few weeks, but optimal results can take up to three months.

If pain during sex is interfering with your life, don’t hesitate to call Coastal Obstetrics & Gynecology or message us using our Klara system.