Painful intercourse can be caused by a variety of factors including injuries, yeast infections, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, or involuntary vaginal muscle spasms. Vaginal dryness and atrophy may also contribute to pain during sex, particularly after menopause when estrogen levels decline.
Treating pain that occurs during intercourse involves addressing the underlying cause. If ovarian cysts are to blame, for example, birth control pills or surgery to remove the cysts may lead to less sexual discomfort. Pain caused by a yeast infection is likely to resolve once you receive proper medication. If no physiological cause is determined, sex therapy may be helpful.
You can also manage symptoms by avoiding or stopping intercourse when pain arises or taking breaks from intercourse after contributing factors such as childbirth. When you are sexually active, using a vaginal moisturizer or lubricant can help prevent discomfort. If vaginal atrophy is causing your symptoms, then laser therapy can help.
MonaLisa Touch is the only non-hormonal vaginal atrophy treatment shown to be effective in clinical research. During and after menopause, the vaginal tissues make less collagen, which can make the area more delicate, dry, and prone to irritation and infection. MonaLisa Touch laser treatments are a non-surgical, non-hormonal option that safely and effectively restores these intimate tissues. MonaLisa Touch can also help reduce intercourse pain due to vaginal changes that may occur as a result of childbirth.
MonaLisa Touch sessions take only a few minutes. You’ll be awake and lying comfortably for the painless treatment. Side effects are unlikely, which means you won’t need recovery time and can get straight back to your usual daily activities afterwards. Even one MonaLisa Touch session can begin to restore lost vaginal elasticity and tone.
For more information, check out Dr. DiSciullo and Dr. Rosenblatt's article on painful intercourse!
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