Sexual Problems in Women - Treatment Overview
Pain when penis enters the vagina
Pain that occurs when the penis first enters the vagina may be caused by involuntary contractions of the vagina
(vaginismus). This is sometimes related to a lack of experience with sex.1
Treatment may include a program of
progressive muscle relaxation and gradual vaginal dilation, possibly including
But pain during initial penetration also may be caused by
vaginal irritation or another physical problem. If so, getting rid of the pain
will require treating the physical reason.
Other pain during intercourse
If the pain is caused by the deep thrusting of the
penis, the cause may be a pelvic disease. But it may also be caused by not being able to relax. Being able to talk openly with your doctor will help you explore the cause of the pain and decide on treatment.
Treatment for aging and menopause-related sexual problems
Vaginal dryness after menopause can sometimes be treated at home with lubrication.
home treatment doesn't work as well as you need it to, talk to your doctor about
using estrogen. This hormone can be used in several forms to help menopause-related problems. To learn more, see Medications.