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Common Causes of Sexual Pain

All too often, women put their sexual health aside and grit their teeth and endure the consequences. We’re here to tell you that your sexual health matters, and if you’re struggling with sexual pain, not only are you not alone, we have solutions.

At Dallas Family Medical & Aesthetics, Dr. Julie Reihsen and our team specialize in family care, including women’s health. If you’re among the millions of women who experience pain during sex, it’s important to identify — and remedy — the underlying cause, and we’re here to help.

To get started, here’s a look at some of the more common causes of sexual pain.

Perimenopause and menopause

One of the leading drivers of painful sex is the journey that all women make from their reproductive years to their non-reproductive stage. This transition is precipitated by the shutting down of your ovaries, which also means you experience a precipitous drop in your reproductive hormones, namely estrogen and progesterone.

Not only do these hormones control your ovulation, but they also oversee the health of your vaginal tissues. With the decreased levels of these hormones, more than half of women between the ages of 51 and 60 experience vaginal dryness, which can undoubtedly lead to painful intercourse.

One of the best ways to approach the problem is through hormone replacement therapy. At our practice, we turn to BioTe, which are bioidentical hormones that we use to offset the side effects of menopause, such as hot flashes and poor vaginal health. 

We also offer the O-shot, a technique that taps your platelets’ healing power to rejuvenate your vaginal tissue. Our goal is to promote sensitivity and stimulation by increasing circulation, collagen, and innervation in your vaginal walls with the O-shot.

Pelvic inflammatory disease

This condition describes an infection in your reproductive organs that can affect your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus, leading to painful sex. Pelvic inflammatory disease is most often the result of a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. 

The good news is that if we find that your sexual pain is due to this type of infection, we can clear the problem up through antibiotics.

Gynecological issues

Other painful sex sources include reproductive health issues, such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or uterine fibroids. If we suspect that your discomfort stems from one of these gynecological issues, we ensure that you get the testing and treatment you need to solve both the problem and your symptoms.

The bottom line is that painful sex is not something you need to endure, and the first step to taking back control of your sexual health is to contact our office in Addison, Texas.

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