Many women with endometriosis find that sexual intercourse is painful, both during and after intercourse. Sometimes the pain can last many days after intercourse and only gradually subsides over time . This situation simply adds more pressure to a relationship which is under strain caused by this disease.
The pain suffered during sex is often caused by inflammation or adhesion's in the pelvic cavity. Penetration and other movements related to intercourse can pull and stretch endometrial tissue, particularly if it has grown behind the vagina or lower uterus.
Many women find that certain positions are better than others. For example, when a woman is on top, they can control the depth and speed of penetration, allowing them to determine a comfortable pace.
Surgery for painful sex
Laparoscopic excision of endometriosis is the standard for conservative surgical treatment. However, in cases of painful sex, it is important to specify that there must be a focus on endometriosis which may have infiltrated the anterior and posterior cul-de-sac.
By focusing on these areas, studies have found that upon removal of the endometriosis through excision surgery, patients experience improvements in dyspareunia symptoms as well as quality of their sex life. ( 1 )
Here are some tips that may help:
Try the Ohnut
Ohnut is a new product that has been developed by Emily Saue with the aim to help women who have deep pelvic pain during sex.
Ohnut is a soft wearable set of rings that allows couples to control penetration for comfort. It acts as a buffer between your partners pelvis and your vagina, so your partner won’t go further than you are comfortable with.
From their product description:
Ohnut has partnered with renowned clinicians to design Ohnut, the revolutionary wearable that allows couples to explore enjoyable penetration depths. Smart, simple, and playful: This comfy wearable is worn externally at the base of a penetrating partner so you can adjust how deep feels good – for both of you.
Worn externally at the base of a penetrating partner, Ohnut compresses down to act like a buffer. Each set comes with 4 stacking rings that make it simple to incrementally adjust depths that are not just enjoyable for all, but bring partners closer together.
There has been some very positive and favourable feedback from many who have used the Ohnut. Surprisingly some of this positive feedback comes from the partners of women who suffer from pevic pain with intimacy - so both partners are happy.
To get a $7 discount use code ENDO-SUPPORT7
For more details visit their website at https://ohnut.co
Keep discussions open with your partner
It is important to discuss the issue of painful sex with your partner. They may not be aware of how much pain you are suffering, especially if you are good at concealing your endometriosis pain on a daily basis.
Being open and communicating with your partner is vital to help reduce the emotional impact that can occur when intimate relations suffer. The goal is to foster genuine and open communication, to ensure that sex is pleasurable and free of pain for each partner.