What You Need to Know About Painful Sex – Madge the Vag

Painful Sex: The Burning, Stabbing and Uncomfortable Topic

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Sex should be fun…but sometimes it hurts! In this episode, the intrepid Madge the Vag investigates the causes and cures of painful sex. Everything from dryness to endometriosis to emotional trauma could be the underlying issue, but it’s a topic many women find too difficult to address. Thankfully, Madge isn’t one of them. She enlists the help of Dr. Iris Kerin Orbuch, OB-GYN and expert in painful sex, to get to the bottom of the problem.

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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