Do you experience stomach pain during or after sex? Although there are some sexual positions that can make discomfort more likely than others, sex should not be painful. Dr Roger Henderson looks at what could be behind your stomach pain during or after sex, and what you should do about it. The term dyspareunia refers to pain occurring during sexual activity when penetration is attempted or takes place. This pain or discomfort can be felt superficially around the entrance to the vagina or deep inside the belly, and can be sharp, cramp-like or burning in nature. Emotion and psychological well-being can also impact on this, causing pelvic muscles to tighten up and so make any discomfort worse.
Why Do I Have Lower Abdominal Pain During Sex?
Lower Abdominal Pain During Sex: Common Causes in Females, Males
In many cases, stomach pain after sex results from gas or deep penetration. Although neither of these conditions are life-threatening, the pain they cause can certainly put a damper on things. Dyspareunia — pain during or after penetrative sex — is common. It affects 10 to 20 percent of women in the United States. In a study, up to 5 percent of men also experienced dyspareunia.
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Dyspareunia is painful sex for women. Also, it causes pain during tampon use. The pain may feel sharp, burning, or like menstrual cramps. Pain during sex may feel like it is coming from deep inside the pelvis.