Sex should be pleasurable and enjoyable for all parties involved, but it’s not uncommon for individuals, especially women, to experience pain during intercourse. It’s natural to jump to conclusions about STDs the first time you experience pain during sex. Unfortunately, you might feel pain or discomfort during sex for a number of reasons.
At Rapid STD Testing, we know that it can be stressful if you believe you could have an STD. Further, pain during sex can cause frustration and fear. Read on as we discuss possible causes for painful intercourse and what you should do if you think you have an STD.
Several STDs can cause an individual to experience painful sex. Dyspareunia refers to any discomfort in the labia, vagina, or pelvis associated with sexual intercourse.
People with vaginas sometimes experience some level of discomfort during their first sexual encounter. Symptoms usually include severe internal pain, cramps, tightness of the pelvic muscles, and contractions. However, dyspareunia typically extends beyond the first time.
If you experience pain during penetration of any kind, deep pain from thrusting, a sustained burning pain or ache, or pain that lasts long after sexual activity has stopped, you may have dyspareunia. The three types range in severity, but it’s always a good idea to see your doctor or get tested for STDs if you experience frequent painful sex.
Pain during or after sex can be an indicator for a number of sexually transmitted diseases or other serious conditions. While not all pain during or after sex is cause for alarm, you never want to ignore signals from your body. While talking about sex with a medical professional can be intimidating, it is always worth it.
Be sure to get screening if you experience any kind of pain in the genital areas or throughout your pelvic region during or after sex. A screening can help you catch and treat a variety of STDs before they have long-term effects on your body.
While you should take all STDs seriously, chlamydia is one of the most dangerous to leave untreated. People of all genders can contract chlamydia, though your symptoms may differ based on your sex.
Pain during sexual intercourse or urination can be a sign of chlamydia. Other common symptoms of chlamydia include unusual discharge from the vagina or penis and painful swelling of genital areas. Check out our guide for what STD discharges look like for more information.
If you ignore the early symptoms of chlamydia, the STD could do long-term damage to your sexual organs, which can include prolonged abdominal pain, fever and nausea, bleeding between periods, and consistent sexual pain.
Herpes typically presents as painful blisters or sores. These sores can cause a stinging, burning sensation during sexual intercourse or urination that can quickly become unbearable. Though herpes is a skin condition, blisters can appear on the vulva and within the vagina.
Herpes can spread to the cervix and cause serious vaginal infections such as cervicitis. Sores can appear in the genital area or around the mouth, and you can transmit herpes during penetrative intercourse or oral sex.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial STD that can cause significant pain for the infected person. Common symptoms associated with this STD include:
Pain during sex often appears later in gonorrhea infections, possibly indicating that the infection has caused pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Commonly referred to as trich, trichomoniasis affects over 4 million people in the U.S. every year. Trich can sometimes go untreated for longer than many other STDs since many people don’t experience symptoms right away.
When a person experiences trich symptoms, they often present as painful itching and burning sensations and redness, swelling, or soreness around the genitals. For men, pain may arise following ejaculation. The itchy, burning sensation can often make individuals assume they have a UTI.
Getting tested at Rapid STD Testing can help you seek the best and most appropriate treatments for your needs.
One of the most common STIs, genital warts are a symptom of human papillomavirus (HPV). Generally, they appear as small bumps with little to no color difference from your natural skin tone. While typically not threatening, they can cause pain and discomfort during sex.
These warts often tend to become painful during times of high friction — such as sex. If you irritate warts enough, they can also bleed. You can also risk passing genital warts to your sexual partners through penetrative and oral sex.
We advise getting screened for HPV, as it can be easily transmitted. People with HPV are at higher risk for cancers affecting sexual organs as well as the mouth and throat.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a pox virus that causes small bumps or lesions that can be pink, white, or blend in with your skin tone.
Bumps from molluscum contagiosum are typically smooth and hard. They usually heal independently, but it could take up to four years for the bumps or marks to go away entirely.
While STDs can cause you to experience dyspareunia, not all painful sex is STD-related. Other potential causes for pain during intercourse include:
Pain during sex can happen to anyone. People with male sexual organs may have different, non-STD related causes for pain during sex than those with vaginas. People with penises may experience:
It’s essential to remember that your sexual health and sex life play a significant role in your overall health. Stay on the lookout for these sexually transmitted conditions:
At Rapid STD Testing, we offer same-day STD testing and urge you to get tested early to avoid long-term issues associated with STDs.
We offer a comprehensive 10-panel STD test and customizable packages to test for any STDs and STIs you may have contracted. Check out our panels and packages to get started today. You can give our Rapid STD Testing staff a call at (866) 872-1888, and we’ll happily answer any questions you may have.