Painful Intercourse

Karen E. Kennedy, MD

Gynecology & Aesthetics located in Gulf Breeze, FL

Painful during sexual intercourse puts a damper on your relationship and your self-esteem. Karen E. Kennedy, MD, in Gulf Breeze, Florida, wants to help you get relief from the pain and be able to enjoy sex again. Call the office if you’re experiencing pain during intercourse or schedule an appointment using the online tool.

Painful Intercourse Q & A

When should I see a doctor regarding pain during intercourse?

Pain during intercourse can occur due to structural problems, diseases, or psychological concerns. If you have recurrent pain before, during, or after intercourse, and it affects your relationship and ability to have a normal sex life, consult with Dr. Kennedy. She can help you find the cause and get relief from this common problem.

What is considered painful intercourse?

Painful intercourse can occur anywhere in the sexual act. You might experience:

  • Pain at penetration (or entry), even when putting in a tampon
  • Deep pain during thrusting
  • Throbbing pain that can last long after intercourse
  • Burning or aching pain

Dr. Kennedy first does a thorough interview with you to be sure she understands your symptoms. You’ll then undergo a workshop for causes. You may have a structural issue, such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis, that’s causing your pain. If you’ve just had a baby or are going through perimenopause or menopause, hormonal changes may be to blame.

What treatments are available for painful intercourse due to hormonal issues?

Painful intercourse is often due to thinning vaginal tissue and lack of lubrication, which results from a decline in the production of estrogen during menopause. At the office of Karen E. Kennedy, MD, women who are approaching or in menopause may find relief from painful intercourse with hormone replacement therapy. 

The BioTE® pellets Dr. Kennedy prescribes are made from all-natural hormones derived from plant ingredients. They match your personal hormone makeup exactly and thus are easily absorbed and used by your body.

If you’re not eligible for hormone treatments due to cancer or a history of blood clots, or you just prefer not to go with that treatment regimen, MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy offers an alternative. This noninvasive treatment uses a sterile vaginal probe to apply laser energy to the internal and external walls of the vagina. 

The laser heat stimulates tissue coagulation and collagen development, treating laxity and lack of lubrication. Your skin becomes stronger and more lubricated so it’s better able to withstand sexual contact. 

If you suffer from painful intercourse, reform your sex life today. Call the office of Karen E. Kennedy, MD, or book an appointment using the online tool to find the reason for your pain and get it resolved.