Do you experience cramps after sexual intercourse? You're not alone.
Having Cramps after penetration or intercourse is one issue that women complain about and it is common. The question is when should you be worried if you have pain after sex.
The truth is pain after intercourse may be caused by a variety of reasons. Some pains will go away after a few hours but for other severe cramps that last longer you should seek medical help.
"So what are the causes of painful sex?" You ask
Causes of Cramping After Sex
Cramps after intercourse can be caused by a variety of reasons. Some of the common reasons are:
1. Deep Penetration Sex (Hitting the Cervix)
If during sex your man is hitting your cervix (neck of the womb) this can cause pain during and after sex and as well as aches and pain.
A man that is well endowed may hit your cervix or a certain sex positions such that is deep penetration can cause the penis to reach the cervix. This can cause an irritation of the cervix.
The Cervix is the neck of the uterus some women can actually feel the cervix with their middle finger.
When a woman is aroused during sex her uterus and cervix will pull up to lengthen her vagina. This will make sure that your penis doesn't hit her cervix.
But on the contrary, when the woman is not fully ready for sex and a man penetrates her, her uterus and cervix will remain in the same position making it likely for a man to hit her cervix.
This is a way of the body telling you that she is not ready for sex.
In other situations where the woman is aroused but she can still feel the pressure of your penis against her cervix, then you should try another sex position that is not deep penetration.
But remember this is not the only cause of intense pain after sexual intercourse it could be something more serious.
2. Tilted Uterus
Normally, the uterus is usually positioned in a straight up or downward position or position towards the belly. But a tipped or tilted uterus means that the uterus is positioned facing the rectum away from the belly.
This is rare and it affects about 20% of women.
One of the symptoms of Tilted uterus is cramps during and after sex.
For women with tilted uterus changing sexual positions may help.
One of the symptoms of fibroid is after sex pain.
Fibroids are non-cancerous growth that develop in and around the womb (uterus). Large Fibroids can cause pressure in the uterus which can lead to pain during and after sex.
Some Fibroids also grow at the cervix. The cervix is the end of the vaginal tract. This type of fibroid makes penetration during sex painful.
Some women with fibroid also experience pain during and after sexual intercourse. Other symptoms of fibroid include: heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, loss of libido.
Distressing pain after and during sex can make some women back off from having sex as it is not worth the pain they will go through afterwards.
Ovarian Cysts are fluid-filled sac that develops on a woman's ovary.
These Ovarian Cyst can cause pain during sex and after sexual intercourse for the woman.
Also, during sex the penis can hit the ovaries and cause the fluid to leak.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the cells and tissues that grows inside the womb starts to grow outside the womb.
Endometriosis causes pain during and after sex.
6. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries and including the pelvis.
PID can cause after sex cramps and as well as pain in the lower abdomen of the woman.
Women with sexually transmitted disease are at a higher risk of having PID. Sexually transmitted disease such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia.
7. Vaginal dryness
Insufficient lubrication and wetness of the vagina can lead to you having pain during and even after sex. Poor Vagina lubrication causes friction during sexual intercourse then affects the vaginal walls and tissue.
One of the reasons for the vaginal dryness is not getting aroused or enough foreplay before sex.
Women who are also in their peri-menopause stage go through period of vaginal dryness which van lead to painful sex.
Some women experience cramping after having an orgasm, this can feel like menstrual-like cramping.
Orgasm causes mild contractions of the vaginal and pelvic region.
Cramping after an orgasm is common in pregnancy.
Other Causes of Period Like Pains After Intercourse
Pain After Sex with IUD
IUD also known as Intrauterine device is placed inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. This should be done by a medical professional.
Cramping can occur after the insertion of IUD. The doctor's normally would advice for couple to wait for 10 days before having sexual intercourse.
If you do have cramps after intercourse or orgasm with IUD then you should seek medical help especially if the cramping is severe.
Cramping After Sex when Pregnant
Some Women may have cramping after sex when they are pregnant. They pain is usually not severe and nothing to be worried about.
The pain is caused by uterine contractions especially after an orgasm.
However if the pain last more than 2 hours the you should contact your doctor.
Related Article: Cramping After Ovulation
Treatment of Cramping After Intercourse
Treating cramp after sex, in which the underlying cause is due to deep penetration and vaginal dryness can be treated by changing sex position and making sure that the woman is fully aroused before sex.
If she has difficulty getting wet you can try a lubricant.
For after sex cramps caused by health related problems such as Fibroid, Cyst, Endometriosis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease the Doctor may recommend ways to improve sexual relationship and as well as how to reduce cramps during and after intercourse.
After sex cramps usually causes lower abdomen pain and you can also have cramps after an orgasm due to uterine contractions if you are pregnant
If it is mild cramps then you should not be worried but if it is severe cramping after sex then seek medical help.