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Our sexual health is as important as our urinary or bowel health, and when you experience pain during sex, it can affect you physically and emotionally, and it can have an impact of your relationship with your partner. Women who experience pelvic floor disorders are more likely to experience painful or uncomfortable sex; for some, pain during sex is the first indication of a pelvic floor disorder.

Urogynecologists are also known as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeons and they are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of issues that affect a women's sexual health and function, including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Fibroids
  • Congenital abnormalities (for example, imperforate hymen, vaginal septum, uterine anomalies)
  • Injury, trauma or irritation of the vulva or vagina
  • Vaginismus
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Vesicovaginal and recovaginal fistulas

If sex is painful, know that there are options to help. It starts with a phone call.

Treatment Options

Like urinary and fecal leakage, painful sex can have a significant negative impact on your quality of life, and it affects not just you but your partner as well. If you experience pain during sex, know that there are treatment options available. Your urogynecologist can help identify the source of the pain and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

  • Physical therapy with biofeedback
  • Medication
  • Desensitizing therapies
  • Surgery to repair fistulas, organ prolapse, extreme fibroids and endometriosis

Don't let painful sex interrupt your intimate relationships or impact your quality of life.