Experiencing burning sensation after sex
Mari is a 22-year-old young lady who attends college in Kingston. She has been sexually active for one year now, but does not like sex much. She is experiencing a burning sensation during sex, which just has her longing for the activity to end whenever she does engage. She does not have any discharge, but she occasionally experiences slight vaginal itching. This problem is creating many upsets in her relationship.
First thing, Mari needs to visit her family doctor for a proper check-up! It is very important for her to know what is causing the vaginal burning during sexual intercourse. Some causes of vaginal burning during sexual intercourse include:
• Vaginal candidiasis
• Bacterial vaginosis
• Condom allergies
• Sperm allergies
• Spermicidal jelly and cream allergies
Menopausal women can experience dryness and vaginal wall thinness.
With sperm allergies, symptoms include burning during intercourse lasting up to some hours afterwards.
When a vaginal discharge is present, the vulva can be red and tender, and it can even hurt to urinate, the diagnosis is more likely to be bacterial vaginosis.
With yeast infection, there may be a burning or itchy sensation in the vagina associated with a thick, off-white coloured discharge.
The cause of vaginal burning must be determined by a physician and adequately treated.
Some help to ease the burning are:
• Cool down. In fact, immerse the itching area in a wide pan of very cold water
• With severe itching, apply an ice pack to the area
• Applying baking soda can also relieve the pain and burning
• Visit your family doctor to truly discuss, examine and treat the discharge.
Post-menopausal women can experience vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal walls with pain during sex. All of this discomfort is treatable with medications and creams obtained from the physician.
The many possible treatment options will be determined by the physician based on the possible causes.
G. Burns is a 23-year-old woman who is a university student. She is only occasionally sexually active, but sex is a real trial for her as most times she ends up with a urinary tract infection (UTI )afterwards. Her boyfriend works overseas and she says this recurring infection is totally hampering the relationship. She says that when he is home, after the first week, she avoids all sexual activity because sex is just too uncomfortable.
G.'s complaint is a fairly common one, as about 75 per cent of UTIs in women are triggered by sexual intercourse. Statistics also show that four out of five women will develop another urinary infection within 18 months. Most women who suffer with Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's) have bladder cells which attract and hold on to the bacteria to which they are exposed. Also, the back-and-forth movement of intercourse tends to move bacteria from the area between the vagina and anus (perineum) up towards and into the bladder. A woman's urethra (urine tube leading to outside the body) is a lot shorter than a man's and much nearer the anus.
Signs of a UTI include:
• Strong urge to pass urine
• Passing frequent and small amounts of urine
• Lower abdominal pain
• Blood in the urine
Infrequent sex also predisposes to 'Honeymoon cystitis', which is a UTI that can occur in women, who, after periods of abstinence, have frequent sex in a short period of time, traumatising the nearby tissues. There are ways to prevent urinary infections including:
• Ensure that the vagina is well lubricated before sex. Any water-based over-the-counter product will work. K-Y jelly is one such product.
• The post-menopausal woman can try a course of hormonal Premarin vaginal inserts which will increase lubrication and relieve irritation.
• Urinating within 30 minutes of having sexual intercourse will usually wash out any bacteria which enters the bladder during sex.
• Wipe dry from front to back after urinating.
• Drink more water
• Avoid sexual positions which seem to trigger UTIs
By making small changes, UTIs can be prevented!
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