Updated: Aug 7, 2020
First of all, sorry you are asking this question. Second, this can often be fixed.
Why does it hurt to have sex?
You would probably be surprised to hear that a LOT of women have pain with sexual activity (also called dyspareunia). Depending on what reports you read, dyspareunia can affect up to 18% of women. For many of these women, the pain is because of vaginal dryness. I have had so many women tell me that sex feels like “sandpaper”. This can occur because of prolonged use of certain birth control pills, certain medications, and medical conditions that cause overall dryness. For postmenopausal women in particular, this can occur because of lower hormone levels. Regardless of the cause, pain with sex can cause personal distress and strain relationships.
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Dr. Karyn Eilber MD is a physician in Beverly Hills with over 20 years of experience in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.