Ask Anna is a sex column. Because of the nature of the topic, some columns contain language some readers may find graphic. Is there any way I can get my cervix to lift higher?
From time to time I receive a query from a girlfriend wondering if her potential new partner is perhaps too large. One of the perks of having an obstetrician and gynecologist as a friend is you can ask everything — and get informed answers. I remind them that vaginas have been finely tuned by hundreds of thousands of years of evolution to stretch.
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Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional. Sex is supposed to be an enjoyable experience — but if you struggle with dyspareunia painful intercourse or have a chronic pain condition that is aggravated during sexual activity, this can sometimes put a damper on things in the bedroom. If pain gets in the way of your sex life, know you are absolutely not alone.
It's a dismal fact, but at some point in their sex-having lives, almost all women 75 percent, according to the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians will experience some sort of pain during or right after sex. I mean nothing in this world is made to withstand decades of regular use — it would be unfair to expect this from your human sex parts. While some slight pain or discomfort could just be a sex position or muscle soreness problem, more severe and frequent pain can be indicative of a greater problem.
Deeper internal pain may be due to a penis or sex toy touching the neck of the womb, or ovaries, and having sex in a different position may help. Problems such as skin disorders, herpes infections or thrush can make intercourse very uncomfortable or painful. There is always an emotional and frequently hidden component to any sexual problem, whether cause or effect, and that aspect should be acknowledged by your doctor.
Provided that everyone is an enthusiastic and consenting adult, of course. More on that here. That's according to research recently published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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