When patients visit Life Studios because they’re suffering from painful intercourse, they don’t complain about just the physical aspects, but the psychological effects as well. They miss the prior intimacy and fun they experienced with their partner. That satisfaction has been replaced by dryness, friction, and often pain. Whereas before they enjoyed intimacy with their partner, now they hesitate at the idea. Here at Life Studios, we understand this issue very well, because we were founded by gynecologists who have helped many women treat the underlying causes of painful intercourse.
If you’ve found yourself struggling with this issue, please give us a call. We can help.
What Causes Painful Intercourse
Painful intercourse affects up to 50% of women and can be caused by many different factors. Unfortunately, this often results in guilt, avoidance, decreased self-esteem, and even sexual aversion over time. Relationship trouble can then lead to more stress, causing the issue to spiral out of control.
There are many causes of painful intercourse:
- Birth control pills
- Trauma or pelvic muscle dysfunction after childbirth
- Use of anti-estrogen medications such as Tamoxifen, Arimidex, and Letrozole
- Lichen sclerosus, a dermatological disorder affecting the vulva and vagina can also cause pain and even scarring of the labia, vaginal opening, or clitoral hood.
Treating Painful Intercourse
If you’re suffering from painful intercourse, the expert and compassionate providers at Life Studios can help. Here are just some of the steps we can take to help you find a cause and the best treatment approach:
- A careful exam of the vaginal and vulvar tissue will be performed.
- Areas of pain can be mapped. These areas can be treated with trigger point injections, bio-identical custom compounded hormonal creams, pelvic physical therapy, and vaginal laser.
- MonaLisa Touch laser therapy results in superior results by restoring the collagen matrix of the vaginal tissue, improving vaginal tone, moisture, bladder stability, and decreasing pain.
In addition to professional treatments for painful intercourse, there are some steps a patient can take at home to reduce symptoms. When you visit Life Studios for treatment, your provider will discuss these with you in detail.
However, one of the first things to do is avoid all irritants. This is sometimes difficult to do because various personal care products have become such a big part of your everyday life. However, it’s imperative to examine items like soaps, laundry detergents, and other items that come in contact with the genital, for possible irritants.