Painful Sex: The Burning, Stabbing and Uncomfortable Topic


Painful Sex: The Burning, Stabbing and Uncomfortable Topic

by Alison Bucalo
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Painful sex is a common problem, but do you have to just deal with it? What are the causes of painful sexual intercourse from mental to physical reasons, such as trauma, dryness, vaginismus, vulvodynia, endometriosis, infections and cysts. In this episode, Madge the Vag investigates the causes and cures of painful sex with Dr. Iris Kerin Orbuch, OB-GYN and expert in painful sex, to get to the bottom of the problem. For more, SUBSCRIBE to Scary Mommy on YouTube.

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When we say painful sex, are we talking about physical pain? It can be internal,

external, the whole shebang? Absolutely. Sometimes it’s pain on entry, sometimes it’s pain during sex, and then other times it’s pain on deep penetration. Sometimes 3 out of 4 women will have painful sex (in their lifetime).

What’s causing this kind of thing? Is there one main cause of painful sex?

Maybe they had a history of trauma or rape, which is causing this tightening in the muscles causing Vaginismus. There’s a condition called Vulvodynia, there’s infections, you could have a cyst and perhaps it ruptured or burst. One of the most common reasons for painful sex is Endometriosis.

Can you remind us exactly what that is?

Endometriosis is a very common condition. At least 10-12% of women have experienced it and it can cause a whole host of symptoms, painful sex being a major one. It often evades a lot of gynecologists, and women tend to go ten years from when they begin developing symptoms until they’re diagnosed.

If you’re experiencing pain during intercourse, talk to your doctor!

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Series Description: Madge the Vag is a quirky mom on a mission to spread (literally) the word on everything vagina. She may have a 1950s wardrobe, but approaches women’s vaginal health in a refreshing way that is very today. Madge highlights a taboo topic or challenging issue many women face but may be afraid to talk about. She interviews experts on a range of topics like public hair, yeast infections and sex.

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