Painful Intercourse Specialist

GYN Specialists of Reno

Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS

Urogynecology located in Reno, NV

Nearly three out of every four women in the United States experience painful intercourse at some point in their lives. While many of these problems are temporary, for some women painful intercourse is a persistent quality-of-life issue. For effective solutions for painful intercourse, Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, of GYN Specialists of Reno offers innovative treatments that provide long-term results. If you’re in the Reno, Nevada, area, and you’re struggling with painful intercourse, please call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Painful Intercourse Q & A

What is meant by painful intercourse?

While the name of the condition may seem obvious, painful intercourse can present itself in many ways, which is critical to diagnosing the problem. For example, pain and discomfort may be:

  • Only upon entry
  • During each penetrative thrust
  • Deep, aching pain that occurs during and after intercourse

The pain can be an aching feeling in your muscles or a surface burning that may have more to do with tissue health. Location also plays a role, as you may feel pain externally around your vulva or perineum or deep in your low back and pelvic region.

The bottom line is that there are characteristics to the pain that indicate where Dr. Crawford should look for a cause.

What are the most common causes of painful intercourse?

Sexual intercourse has many components that include both physical and mental factors. For example, some women experience painful intercourse because of emotional trauma, which means there’s no underlying physical cause for the problem.

More commonly, painful intercourse has physical causes that include:

  • Vaginal dryness associated with menopause
  • Vaginal dryness due to certain cancer treatments or medications
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Previous surgeries
  • Injury
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Vulvodynia, a pain disorder of your vulva
  • Inflammation caused by vaginitis
  • Urinary tract infection or interstitial cystitis
  • Damaged pelvic floor

As you can see, there are many reasons why you may be experiencing painful intercourse. The best way to find out what’s causing the problem is to seek the expert counsel of Dr. Crawford.

How is painful intercourse remedied?

When you come to GYN Specialists of Reno, Dr. Crawfrod sits down with you to review your symptoms and medical history. After performing a physical examination, he identifies the problem and gets you started on an appropriate treatment plan that may include:

  • Medications
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Treatment of the underlying problem
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation

If your pelvic floor is contributing to your painful intercourse, Dr. Crawford offers treatment via his proprietary Pfilates™ program. Through fitness and conditioning of your pelvic floor, Pfilates can help prevent painful intercourse.

Don’t struggle with painful intercourse any longer. Call GYN Specialists of Reno or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.