Almost 75 percent of women will experience pain during sex at some point in their lives. Here are eight reasons why sex is suddenly painful:
1. You don't have enough sex
If you haven't had sex in a while, then it's going to hurt. Regular activity keeps your vagina healthy and robust. If you have intercourse regularly, the vaginal walls stay stretched, and the muscles stay flexible.
2. You're going through perimenopause
One of the most common symptoms of perimenopause is atrophic vaginitis, which is when the vaginal area doesn't have enough estrogen. As a result, the vaginal skin becomes less stretchy, and there isn't as much lubrication.
3. You're not using lubricant
Vaginal dryness can also be caused by not being as aroused or taking certain medications, leading to increased friction and pain during sex. But, a little lube can go a long way.
4. You have an infection
Frequently women don't realize they have either a bacterial or yeast infection, which can contribute to painful intercourse.
5. You've been diagnosed with pelvic floor dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) is common among women -- almost 35% of all women are affected by it. During sex, the pelvic floor can spasm and cause pain.
6. You're experiencing digestive issues
For women who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn's disease, the bowel is right next to the uterus, so any movement of the uterus can trigger inflammation and irritation of the bowel.
7. You have endometriosis
More than half of all women with endometriosis experience intense pain during sex.
8. You can't relax
Being in a bad state of mind can make it hard to relax, causing arousal to become difficult. The result? Painful sex.
Don't ignore the pain
If painful sex becomes a chronic issue, you can start to experience a physical reaction every time you have intercourse. This is because you're anticipating that sex is going to hurt. Instead of assuming that painful sex is going to go away on its own, you should get help from your gynecologist to find out how sex can be more enjoyable again.