"It hurts when I do it"

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Dear He­len,

I en­joy sex a lot. How­ever, I’ve re­cently started to ex­pe­ri­ence pain dur­ing in­ter­course. What could be caus­ing this dis­com­fort? – Har­ri­ette

Dear Har­ri­ette,

I’m so sorry you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort dur­ing sex. That is def­i­nitely some­thing to in­ves­ti­gate be­cause sex should not be painful. The fact that it is could re­late to one of sev­eral things, all of which should be con­sid­ered and ruled out, un­til a di­ag­no­sis can be con­firmed.

Ini­tially, I won­der how old you are? If you are young or youngish, in­fec­tion needs to be ruled out, es­pe­cially if you are not us­ing con­doms for safer sex with your part­ner(s).

Pe­ri­ods and fi­broids – these can cause dis­com­fort dur­ing sex. If you are older, menopausal tis­sue changes con­trib­ute to pain dur­ing sex. This can be helped by a va­ri­ety of things, but you re­ally need to see your doc­tor and be ex­am­ined for this.

There are too many pos­si­bil­i­ties not to take this change se­ri­ously. So I urge you to go to your doc­tor, have some tests run and be treated ap­pro­pri­ately.– He­len

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