When sexual intercourse is painful or uncomfortable, it can cause intimacy issues in a relationship. While intercourse is only one manifestation of intimacy, it is important in many partnerships for a close relationship. Ignoring the problem can lead to other issues in a marriage or partnership and could jeopardize your health. Finding out how to overcome physical intimacy issues starts with scheduling an exam with your OB/GYN to find the cause of your discomfort.
Gynecological Problems and Intimacy Issues
There are a host of gynecological problems, simple and complex, that can cause intimacy issues. Some women may believe that for them, sexual intercourse is no longer pleasurable, but painful. They may avoid it, which can impact their relationship with their partner. Often it is a physical issue that can be addressed and treated, allowing for enjoyment and closeness again with their partner. Some of the common issues that can cause discomfort during intercourse include:
- Vaginal dryness. Changes in hormones or other factors can cause vaginal dryness that can make having sex uncomfortable.
- Vaginitis. A bacterial or yeast infection of the vagina can cause irritation and discomfort.
- Vulva sensitivity. Dermatitis and vulvodynia can cause discomfort on the vulva, impacting comfort during intercourse.
- Internal issues. Cysts, tumors, endometriosis, hemorrhoids, pelvic inflammatory disease, STDs and many other internal health issues can cause painful intercourse. Diagnosing the issue and getting treatment is essential for overcoming intimacy issues and ensuring overall health.
Most physical intimacy issues can be overcome. Schedule an exam with your OB/GYN to get to the bottom of the discomfort and learn how to overcome intimacy issues to improve your relationship; it is important for both your physical and emotional well-being.
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Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060
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