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Pain During Sex

Updated on Jun 3, 2021 by Dr. George Bolotin (Vein & Vascular Specialist) of Vein & Vascular Medical Care

So many problems can come up for women when it comes to sexual relations. Questions about your attractiveness, willingness, readiness and ability to please all can be overwhelming. But when you get through the mental and emotional issues, only to encounter physical pain during sex, it can really throw you. Pelvic pain during sex is a common side effect when you have uterine fibroids, which are very common among African American women and most other women over 50. You’ll find an expert at the Astra Fibroids Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn. Dr. George Bolotin has high-tech solutions for a low-tech problem. Call today for relief.

What Causes Pain During Sex?

Female pain during sex inhibits the pleasure you and your partner enjoy. It can have negative physical and emotional effects that last. Your intimate relationship may become challenged in ways you haven’t prepared for. Physical causes of painful intercourse include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Vaginal infections
  • Vaginismus, which causes involuntary muscle spasms
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervix problems
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Menopause due to a dry vaginal lining
  • An injury to your vagina

Any one of these conditions may point to serious underlying problem. Seek professional advice to find the cause and then get appropriate treatment. Dr. George Bolotin and his team at the Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn provide a firm diagnosis and effective treatment when uterine fibroids are the culprit behind your pain. A simple ultrasound can reveal whether uterine growths are causing your difficulties.

Why Do Fibroids Cause Pain During Sex?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in or on the uterus. They’re a main cause of painful sex. During sex, fibroids can cause pain due to:

  • Pressure on the fibroids
  • Fibroid pain from pressure applied during certain positions
  • Heavy flow at particular times of your menstrual cycle
  • Friction during sex when the fibroids are close to your cervix
  • Pelvic pain that worsens during sex
  • Abdominal pain that’s exacerbated during sexual activities

Fibroid growths affect about half of all women by the time they turn 50. Besides painful intercourse, fibroids have other symptoms that may interfere with your enjoyment of sex, such as:

The Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists have state-of-the-art equipment at their disposal for imaging tests that reveal the condition of your uterus. These examinations help Dr. Bolotin determine the best fibroid treatments for your specific needs so you can get back to enjoying sex again.

What Are the Effects of Fibroid Pain During Sex?

Sex is an integral part of relationships and when it’s affected by physical or emotional conditions, it can be traumatic. Some ways that abdominal pain during sex can affect your life include:

  • Loss of sexual desire. Many women live with severe fibroid symptoms,  but don’t know the cause. When sex is painful, you lose your interest in it without the intervention of a fibroid specialist such as Dr. Bolotin.
  • Loss of esteem. Your self-esteem suffers when you can’t satisfy your partner. Feelings of inadequacy may show up, even triggering past trauma or other problems such as addictive behaviors.
  • Reduced body image. Pain during sex can make you feel less attractive.
  • Triggered bleeding. Uterine bleeding sometimes accompanies the pain and makes sex uncomfortable and embarrassing.
  • Mental health issues. If you previously enjoyed sex and suddenly can’t, you may become depressed, anxious or angry.

Since fibroid pain during sex can have such a huge impact on your physical and emotional health, consult a fibroids specialist as soon as possible. An early diagnosis allows your doctor to start an effective treatment plan that restores your sexual life to its previous level, improves your mental health and saves you from additional, painful side effects.

What Are the Causes and Risks of Fibroids Sex Pain?

Doctors don’t know the actual cause of fibroids, but they identify a close link between these tumors and hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormones stimulate growth of the uterine lining, as well as fibroids. You’re at a higher risk of fibroids and fibroids pain during sex when:

  • You have a family history of fibroids
  • You’re an African American
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You’re older than 50
  • You’re overweight or obese
  • You’re pregnant

How Can I Treat Fibroids Sex Pain?

To treat sex pain caused by fibroids, Dr. Bolotin deals with the uterine growth. Fibroids pain treatments vary, depending on the types and conditions of the growths. reatment may start with at-home remedies and end with a more invasive procedure, such as:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or waiting until you deliver if you’re pregnant
  • Hormone treatments that seek to control the hormones in your body, such as oral contraceptives, progestin-releasing intrauterine devices (IUDs), gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists and gonadotropin-releasing hormone antagonists
  • Non-surgical fibroid removal, such as uterine fibroid embolization myolysis, endometrial ablation or cryomyolysis
  • Surgical removal of fibroids during a procedure such as hysterectomy and myomectomy

Treatment for fibroids pain during sex starts with a diagnostic examination to review the size and location of the uterine growths. Dr. Bolotin also considers your age, reproduction goals, health, medical history and other crucial factors.

Treating fibroid pain can restore your self-esteem and improve your overall quality of life, including your sex life. Dr. Bolotin and his team of Astra Fibroid Treatment Specialists in Brooklyn have the expertise and technology to diagnose and treat all fibroid complications. Contact the fibroids specialists and restore your sexual wellness today.

Dr. George Bolotin has either authored or reviewed and approved this content. Vein & Vascular Medical Care
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