6 Things Uncomfortable Sex Can Signify

Feb 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. ET
Things Uncomfortable Sex Can Signify |  Sex Shouldn't Be Uncomfortable
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Sex can, and should, be many things: empowering, electrifying, exhilarating, maybe even inspiring. What it should not be is uncomfortable in any way. If you experience discomfort, however, you’re far from alone. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, nearly 75 percent of women find sex uncomfortable at some point. That’s a lot of women feeling pain when they should be feeling pleasure.

There are many possible causes for this pain. Whether it's the result of a rough go-round with your partner, a semen allergy (yes, it's possible) or endometriosis — a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus grows outside it — it is time to take back your body and your bedroom.

1 /6: Vaginismus

Things Uncomfortable Sex Can Signify | Vaginismus
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1/6 :Vaginismus

2 /6: Lack of Lubrication

Things Uncomfortable Sex Can Signify | Lack of Lubrication
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2/6 :Lack of Lubrication

3 /6: Endometriosis

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3/6 :Endometriosis

4 /6: Vaginitis

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4/6 :Vaginitis

5 /6: Semen Allergy

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5/6 :Semen Allergy

6 /6: Retroverted Uterus

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6/6 :Retroverted Uterus