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Posted by: Linda | 2004-04-01


Painful intercourse

Dear Marlene I would like know if its normal for a woman to experience pain if she hasn't had sex for a period of more than 3months if so, what is the cause? Thankyou

Expert's Reply


Dr Eve Dr Eve
- 2009-08-29

Pain always needs to be spoken to so I am glad that you are not ignoring it. Let's also establish that there is no "normal" in sexuality. Fact is YOU are having pain and it feels uncomfortable for YOU so this is your reality. First I recommend you have a gynae check up to ensure there is no physical problem and no infection. Then the easy answer is that, no, you should not be experiencing significant pain after 3 months of no sex. However if you were having sexual interaction infequently before your last 3 month break, then you may experience some discomfort as your vaginal muscles get used to being stretched again. Vaginal pain in women is real frequent and needs to be professionally addressed. Or if your gynae finds no physical causes I suggest you consult with a sex therapist. Fear of pain can become the problem even when there is no longer pain.

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