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Topic Tuesday: Is it normal to sometimes feel pain during sex, when in a certain position? I sometimes feel a sharp pain in my lower stomach.

While pain during sex is not normal, it could be caused by a few very different reasons.

Often, painful sex is caused by vaginal dryness or a lack of lubrication. This could be because you are not aroused enough during sex, because of hormonal changes, or caused by age. Luckily, there are great lubricant options for those that have this issue, but it is important to also be communicating with your partner if you need more time to “warm up” before sex. It is important that you talk to your partner if you are experiencing any discomfort.

If you are feeling a sharp pain, and only in certain positions, this could just be that the position isn’t the best choice for you, or you at that time. All vaginas are different, and the position of your cervix is also different and changes throughout the month. Your vagina even changes as you become aroused, enlarging and making sex more comfortable. (So again, this could be remedied by simply giving your body a little more “warm up” time.)

Unfortunately, pain during sex can also be caused by a few other more serious issues as well:
• Vaginal Infections
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
• Endometriosis
• Ovarian Cysts
• Surgical Scars

If you are experiencing
painful sex, it is very important that you make an appointment for an exam and infection / STD screening as soon as possible to make sure you don’t have a more serious problem. Left untreated, some STDs and infections can cause infertility. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the problems you are having at your appointment to try and determine what the cause
may be.

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