Just listen in on a mimosa-fueled ladies' brunch, and you're likely to hear many women complaining of groaning rather than moaning during sex. We spoke with Dr. Jane Nokleberg of Walnut Hill Obstetrics & Gynecology in Dallas to find out what's really going on, and why it's important to treat the problem.
First of all, it's important to note that painful sex is not normal. Nokleberg outlines the following reasons why some women report painful intercourse.
It's reasonable to try home remedies at first, particularly if you think the cause of pain is dryness or a yeast infection. But if you don't see relief from home remedies, Nokleberg states that it's extremely important to seek help. "Women need to reach out to their doctors when it becomes bothersome, so that it doesn't take a toll on her emotionally and affect her relationships," she says. "When pain takes over, a woman can sometimes shut down and not want to be intimate at all."
If you tend to think your condition is beyond hope, don't give up. "There are things we can do as doctors, ranging from vaginal creams, biofeedback, physical therapy and even psychologist referrals," she adds. Talk to your doctor about your concerns so you don't suffer in silence.
This post was sponsored by Vagisil.
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