Painful Sex

Cheryl Razdan, MD -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cheryl Razdan, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Tulsa, OK

Many women find it difficult to discuss painful sex, even with their doctor. You can rely on board-certified gynecologist, Cheryl Razdan, MD, to provide a warm and caring environment that makes it easy to share your concerns. This well-known specialist also has the medical expertise you need to diagnose the cause of your discomfort and develop a customized treatment plan that relieves your symptoms and helps restore your sexual pleasure. Call Dr. Razdan’s office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule an appointment or book your visit online.

Painful Sex Q & A

What causes painful sex?

Painful sex may be more common than you think. Common enough, in fact, that it has its own medical term – dyspareunia. Defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain, dyspareunia may occur before, during, or after sexual intercourse.

The causes of painful sex may include:

  • Hormonal imbalances causing dryness, loss of elasticity, and other tissue changes in the vagina
  • Involuntary muscle contractions at the opening of the vagina (vaginismus)
  • Endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, and other gynecologic conditions
  • Untreated or undertreated fungal infection, such as yeast overgrowth

Anxiety related to previous painful sexual encounters can also cause you to feel tense before and during sexual intercourse. This may interfere with natural lubrication and other physiological and emotional responses that bring pleasure rather than pain during sex.

Sometimes the characteristics of your symptoms can help Dr. Razdan begin to narrow down the cause(s) of dyspareunia.

What type of discomfort might I experience with painful sex?

Painful intercourse may cause:

  • Pain only with penetration, including inserting a tampon
  • Deep pain during thrusting
  • Burning or aching pain
  • Throbbing pain that may last for hours after intercourse

How is the cause of painful intercourse diagnosed?

For an accurate diagnosis, Dr. Razdan carefully reviews your medical history and allows time for a lengthy discussion of your symptoms, covering factors such as when they occur and when your first noticed the discomfort. She also performs a comprehensive pelvic exam and may recommend lab tests and other diagnostic studies, such as an ultrasound, to help identify the cause of your dyspareunia.

What is the treatment for painful intercourse?

Dr. Razdan provides customized treatments to address the underlying condition causing your pain. She may combine treatments and therapies to optimize your outcome, which can include:

  • Hormone replacement therapy to replenish your estrogen levels
  • MonaLisa Touch® or O-Shot® to help restore vaginal health
  • Treatment for medical conditions causing painful intercourse
  • Referral to a counselor to help overcome the emotional links to painful sexual intercourse

Regardless of the cause of your painful sex, Dr. Razdan can help. Call her office today to schedule a visit or make an appointment online.