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5 Reasons You May Be Experiencing Vaginal Soreness After Sex

Lakshmi Devan
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5 Reasons You May Be Experiencing Vaginal Soreness After Sex

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Vaginal soreness may not be the most painful thing in the world, but it sure as hell is uncomfortable.

Some women may experience vaginal soreness, each month, due to heightened sensitivity in the vagino-cervical space because of hormonal changes. It is rare, but it can happen. However, in a majority of cases, vaginal soreness – especially after sex- may be due to myriad other reasons.

Here is why your vagina might be feeling sore after sex.

Causes of vaginal soreness

1. Too much sex, too little foreplay:

When it comes to sex, friction is not the best thing. A little bit of it because of a dotted condom? Great. But too much of it because you got straight to penetration without allowing time for the vagina to relax and be prepared? Ouch. A lot of people enjoy rough sexual intercourse precisely for the discomfort and pain, but then again, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. So, being a little more mindful with sex could help you avoid vaginal soreness in the future. Realise what it is that works for you and chase it to the horizon!

2. You didn’t use enough (or any) lubricant: I don’t know who needs to hear this, but please do not underestimate the value of lubrication. Some women produce enough lubrication for 2 vaginas, while some others do too little. This is governed by factors like age, lifestyle, stress, birth control, menopause etc. Click here to understand vaginal dryness and its causes. No 2 bodies are alike and that’s totally fine. The most important thing, however, is to know how lubricated you get at your best and prepare accordingly. If you do get adequately wet with proper foreplay, then you may want to spend extra time in oral or digital penetration. This would help you avoid vaginal soreness due to insufficient foreplay in the future. 

3. Your partner may be rather well-endowed:

Well, it may come to you as a surprise but the vagina isn’t an endless tunnel.  It certainly has its limitations. If your partner has a rather sizeable penis, then during the act of penetration, it could end up hitting your cervix (the other end of the vagina). This is bound to hurt. The solution? Simple: Indulge in loads of foreplay with dildos of all sizes. Work your way up to the big ones and that way, you know your vagina is ready for your partner.  Also, don’t forget to lubricate profusely. 

4. You are allergic to semen or latex:

However rare they may be, but latex and semen allergies – both exist.  One of the symptoms of both the conditions is soreness and irritation in the vagina. The best way to confirm your suspicion is to get it looked at by a gynaecologist. If you are allergic to latex (that most condoms are made of), then choose the other non-latex alternatives available in the market that are made out of polyurethane. However, if you are allergic to semen, then having protected sex to avoid skin contact with semen will bring you huge relief. 

5. You might have an infection:

Yeast, bacterial or sexually transmitted infections can cause vaginal soreness after sex. But often, this is accompanied by other symptoms. Depending on the type of discharge, you may experience other symptoms like itching, burning (click here to read about 8 reasons this may happen), abnormal discharge, increased malodour (click here to know what could cause this), rashes or inflammation in the vulvovaginal region. If you suspect one of these infections to be the cause, refrain from self-diagnosing and seek an expert opinion.

How to avoid vaginal soreness

The best way to avoid vaginal soreness is to ensure the following:
  1. Avoid using strong, chemical products in the genital area. 
  2. Use plain water and if necessary, a mild, medicated product to rinse the external genital region.
  3. Always try and wear loose, cotton underwear to reduce chances of infection.
  4. Use condoms during sexual intercourse, and change when shifting from anal to vaginal sex.

Treatment for vaginal soreness

The first and foremost step is to ascertain the cause of soreness and address the root issue. An appointment with a gynaecologist will put you in the right direction. Secondly, try and urinate right after sex to reduce the chances of further irritation. Lastly, put some ice around the affected area to relieve soreness. 

Remember, being in sync with your body cycles will help you detect any reproductive issues, be it small or big. Keep a track of your cycle and observe how your body changes through the month. Don’t be shy to get yourself checked in cases you feel something to be amiss. Keep these things in mind and hopefully, you can continue enjoying a fulfilling sexual life.  

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