Sexual intercourse is not meant to be painful. If it’s painful, then something is wrong. Pain during sexual intercourse is not limited to women; men also can experience pain during sex. For both men and women, painful intercourse is not normal and something not to be ignored.
Pain during sexual intercourse can affect both sexual performance and sexual pleasure. It can be a sign of serious health problem or may be harmless, the only way to know for sure is by seeing your doctor. Even if the pain is not caused by a serious problem, receiving treatment for your pain can go a long way to improving your quality of life.
It should also be reiterated that sexual problems, including pain during sex, isn’t something to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Your doctor does not think of it as an embarrassing problem and you shouldn’t therefore let the fear of your doctor’s reaction stop you. It is worth a visit to the doctor’s office.
Some of the common causes of painful sex in men include:
- Sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea, herpes and trichomoniasis
- Prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate
- Trauma to the penis
- Skin conditions that affect the genitals like dermatitis and eczema
- Peyronie’s disease, a condition where the penis is curved
- Urinary tract infections
- Hypersensitivity, a condition where the penis becomes very sensitive after orgasm and ejaculation