Tips to 'treat painful sex'

Washington, May 13 : A physician specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy has offered some tips to deal with dyspareunia, the technical term for pain during sexual intercourse, which can be related to mental or physical causes.

Dr. Jennifer Landa, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD that specializes in bioidentical hormone therapy, noted that women might experience painful intercourse at some point in their lives, the Fox News reported.

If you experiences pain during intercourse, she suggests consulting physicians to determine the root cause and devise an effective treatment plan.

For some of the most common reasons for painful sex, there are simple solutions that can get your sex life back on track.

The first problem is 'Vaginal dryness'. According to her, poor vaginal lubrication is classically linked to insufficient levels of estrogen, which tend to decline following pregnancy, during menopause and with treatments for breast cancer.

It can be a result of more serious conditions, such as the autoimmune disease, Sjogren's syndrome, Dr. Landa, who is the author of "The Sex Drive Solution for Women" said.

She has suggested several treatment options for vaginal dryness, which include hormone therapy, taking adequate amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats in your diet, staying hydrated to keep the body's mucous membranes moist and functioning.

Other treatments may include avoiding products that can steal vaginal moisture and using an all-natural, water-based lubricants.

The second problem is 'Lichen sclerosis', which a common issue among women that affects the vulva and can cause intercourse to be painful.

Women with this problem should seek the advice of the physician, Dr. Landa said, as lichen sclerosis has been associated with an increased risk for vulvar cancer.

Thirdly, painful intercourse may also be associated with use of birth control pills, Dr. Landa stated.

Hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment option to return hormone levels to a balanced, natural state and improve pain with intercourse, she said.

Fourth problem can be of 'Vulvodynia', which is a pain syndrome of the vulva that is characterized by point hypersensitivity to touch usually in the introitus -entrance to the vagina.

A healthy diet, as well as oral and vaginal probiotics, are effective treatments options to minimize the occurrence of yeast infections and prevent the development of disease, Dr. Landa noted.

Fifthly, in some cases, the issue of painful sex is involuntary tightening of the pelvic floor muscles, which is known as vaginismus. The best physical therapy to deal with the same is Pelvic floor, Dr. r Landa said.

Sixthly, deep pain during intercourse can also be caused by a number of factors, including certain types of cancer, endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

If you experience internal pain with sex, consult a doctor, but if the pain is only occasional, it may be related to your cycle, or perhaps the particular position may not be comfortable for you, Dr. Landa said.

--ANI (Posted on 14-05-2013)

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