You know the story: You finish a hurt-so-good session between the sheets only to find that, nope, it actually just plain hurts long after the sex is over.
So what gives?
Most people know that vaginal dryness can make for uncomfortable intercourse, but it’s also the most common cause of post-sex discomfort. Long or energetic sessions cause more friction if you’re not lubed, which can manifest later as soreness (try a warm bath with unscented Epsom salts) or irritation (use a hydrocortisone cream around the vaginal opening for relief ).
Sufficient arousal can prevent the pain: You’ll have more moisture down there, and your vagina also becomes more elastic as your excitement grows, so it can better accommodate a well-endowed partner or vigorous position.
But hormone changes and Amedications like birth control pills or antihistamines can also dry you up. In these cases, natural personal lubricants, like Restore by Good Clean Love, can treat dryness. Also notice if your pain occurs only after using certain hygiene products (like scented cleansers), condoms, or spermicides (such as nonoxynol-9), which may cause irritation. And an ache that’s deep in your pelvis could signify a cyst, a fibroid, or endometriosis. In general, pain lasting longer than 24 hours with after-sex bleeding, unusual discharge, or odor calls for a gyno visit.
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