5 Vaginal Issues That Affect Your Sex Life (And How You Can Treat Them)

How happy are you with your sex life? Everyone deserves to have fulfilling and enjoyable sex. Unfortunately, there are certain conditions that make this difficult for women. 

There are countless females out there who have a strong sexual desire but feel unable to satiate it due to vaginal issues. According to medical experts, such conditions are so common that a woman is almost certain to develop one at least once over the course of her life.

You should know that if you’re experiencing sexual dysfunction because of a common vaginal issue, there’s no need to be ashamed. Read on for a guide to some of the most prevalent vaginal issues and what you can do to treat them.

1. Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are an overwhelmingly common vaginal issue that the vast majority of women will experience at least once in their lives. They occur when the delicate bacterial balance of the vagina is thrown off-kilter and can have unpleasant symptoms such as itching and thick discharge. Another symptom is painful sex, but luckily yeast infections are easy to treat with over-the-counter medications.

2. Vaginal Atrophy

Vaginal atrophy refers to a loss of strength in the vaginal muscles which can lead to the cervix dropping into the vaginal opening. This is a condition that tends to affect postmenopausal women and can often lead to sexual dysfunction. To treat vaginal atrophy, you can try kegel exercises, creams, or vaginal rejuvenation surgery—click here for more info on this.

3. Chronic Dryness

Chronic dryness refers to dryness of the vaginal walls and can affect women of any age for many different reasons. It can occur when certain medications are taken and is also common among women going through menopause. Vaginal dryness can make sex incredibly uncomfortable, but the use of lubricants and over-the-counter medications can help with this.

4. Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a condition that doctors don’t fully understand. It can have a number of different causes. Symptoms include severe vaginal burning.

This, of course, makes sex difficult. The most common treatment would be a course of tricyclic antidepressants which block pain receptors in the vulva.

5. Childbirth

Giving birth vaginally is an amazing experience but it’s also one that’s going to cause a certain amount of trauma to the vagina. Attempting to engage in intercourse too soon after giving birth can be extremely painful and damaging to the healing process. The only solution here is to wait the amount of time recommended (or until you feel comfortable) before having sex with your partner again.

Common and Treatable Vaginal Issues

Your vaginal issues shouldn’t define you or disrupt your sex life. Especially because in most cases the treatment will be straightforward and simple. You don’t need to suffer in silence. 

You should speak to your medical provider right away if you’re having a vaginal issue. For now, if you’re looking for more medical tips or sex-positive advice we’ve got plenty on our site.