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Intimacy Issues In Women - How To Overcome Them?

Intimacy Issues In Women - How To Overcome Them?

Cases of Female sexual dysfunction are not rare. According to studies, around 70% of women experience it at some stage in their lives. Many of these intimacy problems can be treated by hands-on bodywork and counselling, whereas some of these sexual dysfunctions may need medical intervention such as surgery or hormone treatment. But mostly, women experiencing intimacy issues find it difficult to discuss it with their partners and are afraid of getting misunderstood. Thus, they continue without resolving the issue.

Women experiencing intimacy issues may face emotional as well as physical difficulties. These may include low self-esteem, loss of libido, problems in experiencing orgasm, painful penetration, poor body image, feeling disconnected from their body during sexual intercourse, and unable to enjoy sexual intercourse.

Intimacy Problems -

Many women experience loss of sexual intimacy at some point in their lives due to stress or during pregnancy. Generally, lack of sexual desire does not last long but in some cases, it can continue for a long period of time which affects the relationship of women with their partners. This may be caused by some social and psychological factors. The loss of desire for sexual intercourse may cause one to experience pain during intercourse, problem experiencing orgasm, lack of feeling in genitals among several other psychological and stress-related issues.

Arousal is the physical response for sexual desire and intercourse. This arousal is characterized by erotic sensations in one’s body especially in breast and genital areas, improved flow of blood, and lubrication in the vagina. Women who experience a lack of arousal may face pain during intercourse, reduced lubrication, and lack of orgasm or genital sensation.

Pain during sexual intercourse can be caused by a number of reasons such as loss of desire, reduced lubrication, and Vaginismus or tight vaginal muscles. In some cases, women may experience pain or burning sensation at the vaginal entrance due to Vestibulitis or Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia or pain within the vagina. These problems may be caused due to some psychological issues or trauma.

Reaching orgasm is not something necessary to be achieved during sexual intercourse, but it’s just an experience like any other during the intercourse. Orgasm arises naturally within the body during sexual intimacy but can be blocked due to some psychological stress.

Treatment -
The development in the medical field especially hormonal testing using bio-identical substitutes and pills for women has improved the intimacy issue among women. One can consult counsellors and therapists as many times as these sexual problems occur due to some psychological trauma or stress. One should also talk to her partner and can also perform some relaxation techniques. Emotional support from the partner greatly helps in solving intimacy issues in women.

Take Away -
Women face various intimacy issues during their lives. Some get better with time, while some may need medical attention or counselling. One should not avoid these problems and should not be hesitant to consult a doctor or a therapist.

Hymen - Mind-Boggling Facts About It!

Hymen - Mind-Boggling Facts About It!

Contrary to what most girls have been led to believe about the hymen being a flat tissue that covers the vagina and is ripped during penetrative sex, the truth is that hymen is a fringe of tissue around the vaginal opening. It is not an intact tissue draping across the vaginal wall because, without any outlet for the menstrual blood, girls would get periods only after they lose their virginity.

Here are a few mind-boggling facts about the hymen.

1. Just like labia, every woman's hymen varies in colour, size and shapes. 
2. It is elastic and stretchy in most cases. Vaginal delivery makes the hymen less visible by smoothening and stretching it.
3. Despite popular belief, the pain women experience when they have sex for the first time is not due to your hymen breaking but because your vaginal muscles are too tense and/or you're going at it too rough and fast without adequate lubrication.
4. Simple exercises such as walking, riding bicycles, doing splits as well as horseback riding may rip your hymen long before you have had intercourse. 
5. Hymens should not be perceived as the indicator of sexual activity because they are extremely stretchy and stay with you your entire life. Even sexually active people have hymens. 
6. If you do not resort to any sexual activity (including penetration during masturbation), the hymen returns to its default position in your vulva. 
7. Very few women have an imperforate hymen in which the opening is too small for penetration whether by tampons, fingers, sex toys or an erect penis. A simple surgery needs to be conducted in such a case where parts of the hymen are snipped away. 
8. There is a growth in hymenoplasty, also known as hymen reconstruction surgery, in the past few years because hymen is viewed as an indicator of virginity and there have been cases of annulment, public humiliation, torture and even death because they believe that the hymen is not intact due to sexual activity; therefore making hymenoplasty an effective solution. 
9. Although, not an indicator of the amount of sexual activities performed, one must seek immediate medical attention after being sexually assaulted because it can be examined to prove sexual abuse.
 

Dyspareunia - How To Avoid It?

Dyspareunia - How To Avoid It?

Dyspareunia is a phenomenon noticed in both males and females but more frequently in females. It refers to recurring pain during or after sexual intercourse. Such kind of pain affects female genitalia usually the vagina, clitoris, or at times the depths of the pelvis. This pain is often accompanied by a burning, itching or throbbing sensation which can prove to be extremely discomforting if left unattended. Thankfully, a careful examination of symptoms leading to Dyspareunia and its early diagnosis can improve a person's sexual health. 
Indicators of this deep- rooted problem

1.        Pain can occur during penetration in and around the vagina, urethra or the bladder.
2.        Pain can be a new occurrence after earlier instances of painless intercourse.
3.        It can be felt throughout intercourse in places such as deep in the pelvis or even after intercourse.
4.        The intensity of the ache is sometimes sharp and at other times, it is as piercing as menstrual cramps.
5.        It need not necessarily be associated with intercourse; pain can be experienced during any kind of penetration. Thus, using a tampon or a moon cup can also result in soreness.
6.        Skin diseases can either be a symptom or a root cause leading to the problem. Skin problems such as Psoriasis or Lichen Sclerosus should not be taken lightly. 
7.        Tightening of vaginal muscles at the beginning of intercourse may or may not be superficial pain. In most cases, it is identified as Vaginismus but it can also be a symptom of acute Dyspareunia. 

Ways to nip the pain in the bud

1.        While, usually, pain during sexual intercourse is a result of adolescence or a traumatic sexual history, it can also be the result of a physiological problem contracted at birth. However, treatment in any situation is necessary to enable smooth functioning of one's life. 
2.        Injectable corticosteroids might prove to be helpful.
3.        There are oral medications to remedy the problem; antibiotics and antifungal medicines.
4.        Increase in estrogen levels through the use of the drug Osphena helps in curing frailty of vaginal tissues.

Precautionary measures to be followed at home

1.        Taking a warm bath before intercourse can lead to betterment.
2.        It is best to avoid sex when in stress. Both partners should be relaxed to ensure a complete lack of pain.
3.        After- sex pain can be relieved by applying an ice- pack around the vulva.
4.        Urinating before sex can be helpful. It is also good to use water- soluble lubricants for stimulation.
 

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Peyronie's Disease - What Causes It?

Peyronie's Disease - What Causes It?

Peyronie's disease is a male genital problem predominantly found in 3-9% of adult men, especially after 40 years of age. In the disease, a scar tissue is formed in the outer layer of the penis called Tunica Albuginea. Scar tissue is a just plaque inside the penis.

Peyronie's disease causes the penis to bend sideways or upwards and can make sex become difficult due to deformity and erection may be a painful process. It is usually associated with erectile dysfunctions, severe anxiety and reduced testosterone levels. It is worth noting that there are treatments for Peyronie's disease, however, the pain often goes away on its own, generally, in 6-18 months of onset, but the deformity stays.

Here is everything you need to know about this disease:

Causes

It is not known exactly what causes Peyronie's disease, however, there are some factors, which make it more likely than others. Here are those factors:

1. Trauma: This is the most common factor which causes Peyronie's disease. It is believed that when someone suffers from tiny bleeding of the penis, which is very common in patients of Diabetes, the plaque starts to build up. The injury or trauma, which causes the bleeding may go unnoticed as well.

2. Genes: Genes are also a possible cause of Peyronie's disease.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Peyronie's disease vary, such as:

1. Pain on Erection: There is usually pain in erection during the initial phase.

2. Bent penis: When the penis becomes hard before sex, it may bend downwards or sideways by more than 15 degree, so the vaginal entry becomes impossible or is painful for the partner.

3. Scars: Tissue may form on other parts of the body, as well including the hand and feet. In fact, it has been said that men who have scarring in the hand, which affect the fingers are more likely to contract the disease as well.

One may see extensive scarring in hands in a disease called Dupuytren's Contracture. 

Treatment

1. Wait & Watch: It is worth noting the acute phase with pain is treated by wait and watch, controlling contributory factors like diabetes, low testosterone and psychogenic factors. Antioxidants are useful. Large number of cases are relieved of the pain in 1 to 1.5 years.

2. Intralesional injection: If the bend is significant enough to interfere in sexual functioning, It can be treated by injecting medicines in the plaque. The medicine, Xiaflex is currently not available in India and other medicines given are not very effective.

3. Surgery: This is a last option when Peyronie's disease has not gone on it's own and medicines are not helping either. The two most common procedures performed are removing the plaque and putting a tissue graft in its place and also removing the tissue opposite the plaque to counter the bending effect. The results are fairly good.

Going for a Penile implant is the last option, which is a permanent solution and is commonly done in India. And, the success rate for Penile implant is also very high.

 

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Intimacy Problems In Women - How To Get Rid Of Them?

Intimacy Problems In Women - How To Get Rid Of Them?

Cases of Female sexual dysfunction are not rare. According to studies, around 70% of women experience it at some stage in their lives. Many of these intimacy problems can be treated by hands-on bodywork and counselling, whereas some of these sexual dysfunctions may need medical intervention such as surgery or hormone treatment. But mostly, women experiencing intimacy issues find it difficult to discuss it with their partners and are afraid of getting misunderstood. Thus, they continue without resolving the issue.

Women experiencing intimacy issues may face emotional as well as physical difficulties. These may include low self-esteem, loss of libido, problems in experiencing orgasm, painful penetration, poor body image, feeling disconnected from their body during sexual intercourse, and unable to enjoy sexual intercourse.

Intimacy Problems -

Many women experience loss of sexual intimacy at some point in their lives due to stress or during pregnancy. Generally, lack of sexual desire does not last long but in some cases, it can continue for a long period of time which affects the relationship of women with their partners. This may be caused by some social and psychological factors. The loss of desire for sexual intercourse may cause one to experience pain during intercourse, problem experiencing orgasm, lack of feeling in genitals among several other psychological and stress-related issues.

Arousal is the physical response for sexual desire and intercourse. This arousal is characterized by erotic sensations in one’s body especially in breast and genital areas, improved flow of blood, and lubrication in the vagina. Women who experience a lack of arousal may face pain during intercourse, reduced lubrication, and lack of orgasm or genital sensation.

Pain during sexual intercourse can be caused by a number of reasons such as loss of desire, reduced lubrication, and Vaginismus or tight vaginal muscles. In some cases, women may experience pain or burning sensation at the vaginal entrance due to Vestibulitis or Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia or pain within the vagina. These problems may be caused due to some psychological issues or trauma.

Reaching orgasm is not something necessary to be achieved during sexual intercourse, but it’s just an experience like any other during the intercourse. Orgasm arises naturally within the body during sexual intimacy but can be blocked due to some psychological stress.

Treatment -
The development in the medical field especially hormonal testing using bio-identical substitutes and pills for women has improved the intimacy issue among women. One can consult counsellors and therapists as many times as these sexual problems occur due to some psychological trauma or stress. One should also talk to her partner and can also perform some relaxation techniques. Emotional support from the partner greatly helps in solving intimacy issues in women.

Take Away -
Women face various intimacy issues during their lives. Some get better with time, while some may need medical attention or counselling. One should not avoid these problems and should not be hesitant to consult a doctor or a therapist.

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Intimacy Problems In Women - How To Tackle Them?

Intimacy Problems In Women - How To Tackle Them?

Cases of Female sexual dysfunction are not rare. According to studies, around 70% of women experience it at some stage in their lives. Many of these intimacy problems can be treated by hands-on bodywork and counselling, whereas some of these sexual dysfunctions may need medical intervention such as surgery or hormone treatment. But mostly, women experiencing intimacy issues find it difficult to discuss it with their partners and are afraid of getting misunderstood. Thus, they continue without resolving the issue.

Women experiencing intimacy issues may face emotional as well as physical difficulties. These may include low self-esteem, loss of libido, problems in experiencing orgasm, painful penetration, poor body image, feeling disconnected from their body during sexual intercourse, and unable to enjoy sexual intercourse.

Intimacy Problems -

Many women experience loss of sexual intimacy at some point in their lives due to stress or during pregnancy. Generally, lack of sexual desire does not last long but in some cases, it can continue for a long period of time which affects the relationship of women with their partners. This may be caused by some social and psychological factors. The loss of desire for sexual intercourse may cause one to experience pain during intercourse, problem experiencing orgasm, lack of feeling in genitals among several other psychological and stress-related issues.

Arousal is the physical response for sexual desire and intercourse. This arousal is characterized by erotic sensations in one’s body especially in breast and genital areas, improved flow of blood, and lubrication in the vagina. Women who experience a lack of arousal may face pain during intercourse, reduced lubrication, and lack of orgasm or genital sensation.

Pain during sexual intercourse can be caused by a number of reasons such as loss of desire, reduced lubrication, and Vaginismus or tight vaginal muscles. In some cases, women may experience pain or burning sensation at the vaginal entrance due to Vestibulitis or Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia or pain within the vagina. These problems may be caused due to some psychological issues or trauma.

Reaching orgasm is not something necessary to be achieved during sexual intercourse, but it’s just an experience like any other during the intercourse. Orgasm arises naturally within the body during sexual intimacy but can be blocked due to some psychological stress.

Treatment -
The development in the medical field especially hormonal testing using bio-identical substitutes and pills for women has improved the intimacy issue among women. One can consult counsellors and therapists as many times as these sexual problems occur due to some psychological trauma or stress. One should also talk to her partner and can also perform some relaxation techniques. Emotional support from the partner greatly helps in solving intimacy issues in women.

Take Away -
Women face various intimacy issues during their lives. Some get better with time, while some may need medical attention or counselling. One should not avoid these problems and should not be hesitant to consult a doctor or a therapist.

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Intimacy Issues In Women - The Unsaid Problems!

Intimacy Issues In Women - The Unsaid Problems!

Cases of Female sexual dysfunction are not rare. According to studies, around 70% of women experience it at some stage in their lives. Many of these intimacy problems can be treated by hands-on bodywork and counseling, whereas some of these sexual dysfunctions may need medical intervention such as surgery or hormone treatment. But mostly, women experiencing intimacy issues find it difficult to discuss it with their partners and are afraid of getting misunderstood. Thus, they continue without resolving the issue.

Women experiencing intimacy issues may face emotional as well as physical difficulties. These may include low self-esteem, loss of libido, problems in experiencing orgasm, painful penetration, poor body image, feeling disconnected from their body during sexual intercourse, and unable to enjoy sexual intercourse.

Intimacy Problems -

● Many women experience loss of sexual intimacy at some point in their lives due to stress or during pregnancy. Generally, lack of sexual desire does not last long but in some cases, it can continue for a long period of time which affects the relationship of women with their partners. This may be caused by some social and psychological factors. The loss of desire for sexual intercourse may cause one to experience pain during intercourse, problem experiencing orgasm, lack of feeling in genitals among several other psychological and stress-related issues.

● Arousal is the physical response for sexual desire and intercourse. This arousal is characterized by erotic sensations in one’s body especially in breast and genital areas, improved flow of blood, and lubrication in the vagina. Women who experience a lack of arousal may face pain during intercourse, reduced lubrication, and lack of orgasm or genital sensation.

● Pain during sexual intercourse can be caused by a number of reasons such as loss of desire, reduced lubrication, and Vaginismus or tight vaginal muscles. In some cases, women may experience pain or burning sensation at the vaginal entrance due to Vestibulitis or Vulvodynia, Dyspareunia or pain within the vagina. These problems may be caused due to some psychological issues or trauma.

● Reaching orgasm is not something necessary to be achieved during sexual intercourse, but it’s just an experience like any other during the intercourse. Orgasm arises naturally within the body during sexual intimacy but can be blocked due to some psychological stress.

Treatment -
The development in the medical field especially hormonal testing using bio-identical substitutes and pills for women has improved the intimacy issue among women. One can consult counselors and therapists as many times as these sexual problems occur due to some psychological trauma or stress. One should also talk to her partner and can also perform some relaxation techniques. Emotional support from the partner greatly helps in solving intimacy issues in women.

Take Away -
Women face various intimacy issues during their lives. Some get better with time, while some may need medical attention or counseling. One should not avoid these problems and should not be hesitant to consult a doctor or a therapist.

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Painful Intercourse - Homeopathy At Your Rescue!

Painful Intercourse - Homeopathy At Your Rescue!

Homeopathic medicines work with minute doses of natural elements. They work at the root level to get rid of problems that cause pain during intercourse. These include vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction and others. These medications have no harmful symptoms or side effects, but they have to be prescribed by a homeopath only. They can be given to women of all age groups. Homeopathic prescriptions are best in treating cases of agonizing sex and bleeding after intercourse from vaginal dryness.

Here are a few effective homeopathic treatments that can help get rid of pain during intercourse:

  1. Sepia and lycopodium: It is the top homeopathic medicine for vaginal dryness. Sepia and lycopodium are evaluated as the best cures. Sepia is suggested where vaginal dryness occurs along with itching. Pain from vaginal dryness during intercourse also calls for the use of sepia.
  2. Bellis perennis: This medicine helps cure the wounded sensation in the vagina, if intercourse is obstructed due to pain and spasms.
  3. Cactus grandiflora: This is used when the vagina shuts close during the act of intercourse. Intercourse might be simpler just before periods.
  4. Coffea: This may be used when, if the vulva and vagina are oversensitive and you feel heat as well as itchiness.
  5. Cuprum: This medicine is prescribed for cramping in the vagina and the legs, during intercourse.
  6. Ferrum: When your vagina feels dry and aches, this medicine may be prescribed.
  7. Gelsemium: This medicine is used to treat any tension preceding intercourse. These symptoms usually show an inclination towards vaginismus.
  8. Lycopodium: Dry, smoldering vaginal pain during and after intercourse may be treated with this medicine. The patient may have varicose veins in the vulva.
  9. Platina: It is consumed during solid sexual desire. It becomes hard to have sex as the vulva is to a great degree oversensitive. Intercourse is difficult and causes wounded sensation.
  10. Rhus tox: Soreness during and after intercourse, regularly joined by physical fretfulness may be treated with this medicine.
  11. Staphisagria: It is a good solution for pain after loss of virginity or in occurrences of assault or rape.
  12. Thuja: This is ideally taken when the vagina is oversensitive, making intercourse painful and troublesome. Pains include smoldering, soreness and a feeling of being wounded. It may be useful where there is a medical history of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well.
  13. Argentum nitricum and sepia: These are the best homeopathic medications for vaginal dryness causing bleeding after intercourse. There are numerous homeopathic solutions for vaginal dryness catering to bleeding during intercourse. The most well known among these are argentum nitricum and sepia. Argentum nitricum is the most reasonable among homeopathic pharmaceuticals for vaginal dryness in situations where sex is painful and bleeding takes after intercourse.

Note: All these medicines are indicative, which one should not take without consulting a homeopathic consultant. 

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Sex - What Can Cause Pain During It?

Sex - What Can Cause Pain During It?

Severe pain during intercourse causes difficult relationship in both partners. Sometimes a sustained occurrence of pain might be an indication of some serious medical dysfunction. As such, consult a doctor as soon as the pain arises.

Contrary to popular beliefs, sexual pain can occur in both male and female.

In female, the reasons behind the painful sexual intercourse might be:

  1. Vaginismus, a condition when the vaginal muscles tighten up mainly due to anxiety or fear and cause significant pain with a tearing sensation.

  2. The pain can arise due to vaginal yeast infections or any form of sexually transmitted disease or pelvic inflammatory diseases.

  3. A severe injury in the vagina during childbirth or any other accident and psychological stress can also cause severe pain during sex.

  4. Sometimes, menopause or uterine problems (formation of fibroids in the uterus) can also cause pain.

  5. Cyst formation in the ovary or endometriosis (when the inner tissue lining of the uterus tends to grow outside) can also cause severe pain during intercourse.

Among men:

  1. Some men can experience pain during intercourse because of allergy to the fluids of the vagina or the chemical content of certain contraceptives.

  2. You can experience pain because of undiagnosed sexually transmitted diseases like herpes or gonorrhea

  3. The pain might also occur due to urinary tract infections or side effects from certain medications.

  4. Severe pain just a few moments before ejaculation can be a result of inflammation of the prostate glands and should be immediately diagnosed as it might be a signal of prostate cancer.

For treating pain during sex in female, you should opt for the following procedures-

  1. If the pain is caused due to vaginal dryness after menopause, you should consider the application of prescribed lubricants or jellies to reduce the pain.

  2. If pain occurs due to severe anxiety or stress, sex therapy can help you improve physical intimacy.

  3. If there are other symptoms like severe bleeding or irregular periods in addition to the pain, a visit to the physician is recommended.

Quite similarly in men-

  1. If pain occurs due to severe anxiety or stress, sex therapy can help you improve physical intimacy.

  2. If the pain results from side effects of certain medications, you should try changing your prescribed medication after doctor’s suggestion.

  3. In extreme cases, doctors might suggest hormone replacement surgery.

Female Dyspareunia - How To Diagnose It?

Female Dyspareunia - How To Diagnose It?

Female dyspareunia refers to painful sexual intercourse. It is estimated that 8 to 21% of women experience this at some point in their lives. Pain during or after intercourse is disturbing and restricts partners need for intimacy. It leaves the partners with an unpleasant experience and may lead to frustrations, anxiety and fear of sex. There is little awareness among couples about dyspareunia and thus a painful experience is sometimes confusing for the other partner and often invites fights and arguments rather than support and understanding.

Women with dyspareunia suffer pain in genitalia or deeper in the pelvis, vulva or vagina. It is more common among women after menopause; however, many women experience pain right from their first sexual attempt or just after initiation while some at deeper penetration. Causes of Dyspareunia could be medical, psychosocial or both. Medical conditions can be cured but often there are underlying personal and psychological factors which need to be addressed usually by counsellors or sexologists.

Diagnosis of the problem begins with a physical examination of the vulva. Apart from this an internal pelvic examination may also be required. A doctor takes into account the nature, extent and duration of pain in determining possible causes and deciding the mode of treatment. During interaction with the patient, various other psychosocial factors are also revealed that must be addressed for holistic treatment.

Medical conditions that could cause pain during or after intercourse are many including lesions, thin skin, scar tissues or ulcers. Infections like UTI, herpes, yeast infections, Chlamydia, trichomoniasis can also cause pain.

Treatment of infections is through drugs and creams.

Apart from this, infections of the fallopian tubes or conditions like ovarian cysts, fibroids, tumours or endometriosis could be a reason for deeper and intense pain. In most of the cases, surgery is the option.

Lack of oestrogen is another major cause for this type of pain. Oestrogen deficiency can cause lack of lubrication making vaginal area dry. This can cause painful friction during intercourse. Along with lubricants, an oestrogen treatment is given.

Apart from medical causes, fears or anxieties associated with sex can sometimes lead to pain. Lack of harmony in relationships can lead to loss of desire for sex leading to vaginal dryness and discomfort. A traumatic sexual experience of the past may also inhibit a partner to be at peace in the act and may invite psychosomatic problems. It is important for the partner to be sensitive and lend a hand of support. Understanding how a partner wishes to be caressed and touched and making efforts towards providing a sexually exciting experience can go a long way in removing partner’s inhibitions/fears and introducing positive sparks in the relationship.

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