Top 8 Causes of Cramping After Sex Before Period

Sex is meant to be an enjoyable experience for women but there are times when a woman would have cramps after having sex.

This could be very uncomfortable and discourages the woman from wanting to engage in any form of vaginal sexual activity.

This pain could occur in the vagina, clitoris or labia.​

If you are reading this, you probably have the same question "why am I cramping after Sex?". 

I am going to show you the Top 8 possible reasons why you have pain after having an intercourse and what to do about it ok.​

8 causes of Pain After Sex

1. Rough sex or inadequate sexual arousal

For sex to be pleasurable for a woman, she needs to be sexually aroused.

Forceful penetration without adequate vagina lubrication leads to pain during and after sex.

This also causes pain for the man if he is thrusting while the vagina is dry.

It is not uncommon that some women have difficult getting aroused quickly.

Some women need longer time than others to get wet in their vagina.​

If possible, the woman should be allowed to have an orgasm first through foreplay.

This would reduce the roughness of the sex and pain during and after.​

2. orgasm

It is possible for your stomach to hurt after having an orgasm.

When some women climax, they feel severe or bad cramps in the lower abdominal region or pelvic pain.​

This is known as orgasmic pain.

The pain can last from a few minutes to a few ​hours.

3. emotional/psychological reaction to sex

Sexual abuse, rape or trauma may be one of many psychological reasons for pain during and after sexual intercourse.

A woman may develop lack of sexual desire due to past experiences most especially those related to violence and abuse.​

4. first time having sex- lose of virginity

It is possible to feel cramps if you had sex for the first time or you have just newly lost your virginity.

​When you have sex for the first time, your hymen stretches open which can also cause some bleeding and as well as pain.

​In some cases, the hymen does not break if the penetration by the man is not deep enough.

It is common for women to feel pain during their first time. But as they continually have sex the pain would go away.

It is also advisable, that you get lubricated in your vagina before you allow deep penetration.

This would also help reduce getting pain during intercourse and after.​

5. Endometriosis

After ovulation has occurred, the uterine lining thickens to prepare the uterus(womb) as home for the fertilized egg.

If no successful fertilisation occurs the uterine lining is shed as your next menstrual period.​

​For some women, the tissues of the uterine lining starts to grow outside the uterus in other organs.

This is known as endometriosis. 

The symptoms of endometriosis can vary from one woman to another.

The common symptoms are Pelvic pain, Painful sex, Painful Periods.

One in 10 women in their reproductive age have endometriosis.​

6. pelvic inflammatory diseases

Pelvic inflammation diseases is an infection of the upper part of the female reproductive organ.

Organs such as the uterus, fallopian tubes,ovaries become inflamed causing sharp pain during and after sex​.

PID is caused by sexually transmitted infections such as the chlamydia or gonorrehoea​.

7. fibroids or ovarian cysts.

A woman's ovaries contain immature eggs. 

Before ovulation this eggs mature in the follicle and the most matured egg gets released at ovulation.

In some cases the follicle fails to release the matured egg. This liquid in the egg then forms a cysts.

Ovarian cyst are common and they usually have no symptoms.

Most women will experience will have  cyst on their ovary at least once in their lifetime.

Common symptoms of ovarian cyst are nausea, lower abdominal pain on the left or right ovary where the cyst is present and pain during sex.​

Other gynaecological  ​conditions such as fibroid, ovarian apoplexy and ruptured ovarian cyst can cause a woman to have bad or severe pain during and after sex.

8. vaginismus

Vaginismus is the tightening of the vagina muscles whenever it is about to be penetrated.

Women with this issue are unable to have penetrative sex.

It often leads to relationship problems​ and also difficulty in carrying out pelvic examinations.

Women with vaginismus who try to have sex find it very painful​.

​Symptoms of vaginismus include:

  • Burning and stinging pain when the vagina is penetrated.​
  • Fear of having the vagina penetrated.
  • Loss of sexual desire​

what to do - treatment of pain after sex

Treatment of pain after sex should be treated according to the underlying cause.

You should ask for medical help if you have extreme or painful sex that is persistent.

It could be a more serious problem.​

​Here are some of the tips you can adopt:

  • Increase the amount of foreplay and delaying penetration until the woman is fully aroused.​
  • Avoiding deep penetration positions may help couples and adopt shallow penetration positions instead.
  • If the woman has lost sexual desire or fears penetration, oral sex may be adopted.
  • If the pain is caused by sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea , the infection should be treated as soon as possible.

One comment

  • Nomah

    I’m 32 years old. I had molar pregnancy when I was 30. My partner is working far. I’ve noticed I get severe period period after having sex. I don’t feel any pain during the intercourse but I know that after a week or two my periods will be bad.

    Please help.

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