HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy
From the Intimacy After Hysterectomy Articles List
SHARING IS CARING
Pain during intercourse (also referred to as dyspareunia) is defined as pain or discomfort in a woman's labial, vaginal, or pelvic areas during or after sexual intercourse.
There are many other reasons for painful intercourse, including Endometriosis, adhesions (scar tissue), interstitial cystitis (a bladder condition), and ovarian cysts. Infections also can cause discomfort at the vaginal opening. A weakening of the supporting structures such as a bladder prolapse (cystocele) or Uterine prolapse can also cause discomfort or even pain during intercourse.
The top 5 leading causes of pain during intercourse are the following:
Natural or surgical menopause can result in sexual discomfort due to hormonal changes. Decreasing levels of Estrogen can dry up our bodies own natural lubrication and leave vaginal tissue dry and fragile. Over the counter Lubricants often provide temporary relief. The use of an Estrogen cream or other Hormone Replacement Therapy can provide a more permanent solution.
A condition in which part of the vulva is chronically inflamed. It can cause a burning pain at the opening of the vagina. It can often make intercourse near impossible due to the severity of pain experienced.
Cutting out certain foods has shown beneficial to many woman as has decreasing/controlling muscle spasms through the use of a biofeedback device, that may be contributing to the pain. As a last resort, surgery to remove the chronically inflamed skin has helped some woman but should be considered only after more conventional treatments have failed.
Interstitial Cystisis (IC):
A chronic inflammation of the bladder that can lead to severe pelvic pain. It is often described as feeling as if you have a UTI but antibiotics fail to provide relief.
The pain with this condition usually increases during intercourse.
There are variety of treatments, sufferers usually can find relief through one of them.... no single therapy seems to work for everyone.
Deep penetration often causes the discomfort with IC, avoiding this may help.
A condition, that can be extremely painful, leaves tissue from the lining of the uterus to grow into other areas such as the vagina or pelvis where it becomes inflamed. Pain with intercourse is reported by more than half of the woman suffering this condition.
Birth control pills, drugs that temporarily suppress estrogen production or surgery to excise the tissue can often bring many relief. Some find that limiting intercourse to the week or two after your cycle may help minimize the discomfort.
Sometimes the first sign of an infection can be pain during intercourse. Lubrication can be reduced by yeast and bacterial infections. This can result in the irritation at the opening of the vagina, itching, unusual discharge or odor is usually accompanying. A urinary tract infection will hurt most when you urinate but can also cause pain during intercourse because of the pressure on a tender, inflamed bladder.
Once infections are diagnosed, most are easily treated with antibiotics, pills or with yeast an antifungal cream.
When to seek treatment:
Any new or worsening pain, bleeding, or discharge following intercourse should always be reported to your health care provider.
Generally, pain with intercourse is not an emergency. It is a condition most appropriately checked by a group of specialists, including your Gyn.
Any of the following symptoms should be checked immediately at the nearest emergency room:
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
- New onset of pain or pain more severe than previous episodes and that lasts more than just a few minutes
- Any bleeding following pain, particularly new or severe pain
- Nausea, vomiting, or rectal pain following intercourse
06-22-2005 - 07:24 PM
SHARING IS CARING
HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy BookletWhat 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy
with 50 pages of information, helpful tips and hints as you prepare and recover from hysterectomy through an organized timeline.
Options to Hysterectomy
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Fitness after Hysterectomy
Grief and Loss
Ask A Doctor
Do you have a question?
If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!
Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery
The HysterSisters Store has gathered products made specifically for your recovery from surgery. Here are the best sellers we can recommend to help you:
- The Great Binder Set - We have made it very easy for you and combined the two best binders and the Silky Sac into a great set to save you money! Our favorite is the Perfect Pocket binder with cold/hot packs!
- Deluxe Hyst Prep Set - As you plan, we've gathered the best products into one set for special pricing.
- Post-Op Panty - These great panties speed recovery, and reduces scarring. They contain a medical-grade silicone panel over incision to reduce scar's apperance while they provide support to weakened muscles and tissues from surgery. Excellent!
- Softest Bra Ever - When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. This is the softest bra ever, in microfiber with no hardware or tags to chafe or dig! The comfort-ribbed underband stays in place gently, so it is perfect for sleeping and lounging.
- HysterSisters Accessory Kit - Are you a HysterSisters fan? This set has a fun collection of HysterSisters items.
- Very Private Moisture - Once your doctor gives you the green light for intimacy, this is the stuff! This is a best selling product with a high rate of permanent, satisfied, repeat customers! Relieves vaginal dryness instantly, protects tissue & enhances intimacy.
"Buy it for the problem, use it for the pleasure."
Find a Surgeon
|Jenifer Burkhalter, M.D.
950 Capitol Mall
Sacramento CA 95831
|Aarathi Cholkeri-Singh, M.D.
120 Osler Drive
Naperville IL 60540
|Amie Napier, M.D.
Medical City Hospital 7777 Forest Lane Suite A331
Dallas TX 75230
|Lillian Schapiro, M.D.
275 Collier Road, Suite 250
Atlanta GA 30309
|Lauren Streicher, M.D.
Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 117
Chicago IL 60611
|Francisco Garcini, M.D.
1870 Silver Cross Blvd
New Lenox IL 60451
|Steven McCarus, M.D.
400 Celebration Place Suite310
Celebration FL 34747
|Morris Wortman, M.D.
2020 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester NY 14618
|Robert Furr, M.D.
Women's Surgery Center
1604 Gunbarrel Road
Chattanooga TN 37421