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Find solutions to painful intercourse when you consult with your gynecologist near Chesterton/Valparaiso

We often associate painful intercourse with menopause. The fact is, however, that three out of four women report feeling some level of physical discomfort during sexual intercourse at some point in their lives.

Dr. Stanley Friedell, Northwestern Women's Health Associates S.C Providing Valparasio

Several factors may lead to painful intercourse. Some of them are gynecologic in nature, such as endometriosis or cysts. In some cases, however, the painful sexual experience stems from an issue with sexual response, such as inadequate arousal to sexual stimulation.

Where may pain occur?

The vagina is a complex area of the body. Pain during intercourse is typically felt in an area outside of the vaginal canal, such as the vestibule, or the vaginal opening. However, some women feel discomfort in an area such as the bladder, the perineum, the uterus, or even the low back. Women who experience frequent pain during intercourse are encouraged to visit their experienced gynecologist at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, Our team provides full-spectrum gynecologic care to patients from Chicago and surrounding areas including Chesterton and Valparaiso. A thorough consultation and examination can help us identify the cause of pain and, most importantly, guide our treatment plan to improve comfort.

A number of gynecologic conditions may lie behind painful intercourse:

  • Vaginitis. This inflammatory condition may stem from bacterial or yeast infection and may cause burning and itching in the genital area. With prescription medication, vaginitis may be resolved quickly.
  • Vulvodynia. A condition affecting only the opening of the vagina, vulvodynia may be treated with self-care as well as medication, if necessary.
  • Skin disorders. Conditions such as contact dermatitis, inflammation resulting from a topical irritant such as perfumed soap, may cause skin around the vaginal opening to become dry, cracked, or ulcerated. Treatment is based on the accurate diagnosis of the particular skin disorder that exists.
  • Hormones. As estrogen decreases during perimenopause and menopause, vaginal lubrication is diminished. While the use of a lubricant may alleviate discomfort, some women talk with their doctor about hormone replacement therapy.
  • Pelvic masses such as fibroids or ovarian cysts.

Due to the numerous potential causes of painful intercourse, the best option for prompt resolution is to see your trusted gynecologist. The staff at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, has been treating gynecologic conditions for many years. Our wealth of experience is coupled with genuine concern for each of our patients.

Address your gynecologic health concerns with us. Call 312-440-9400 for a convenient appointment time.

 

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Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD; Marc Feldstein, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Lisa Brunengraber, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; Whitney Dunn, MD; and Aleena Lakhanpal, MD. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.

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