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The Most Common Causes Of Pain With Sex In Busy Women

Have you been struggling with painful sex all your life and losing faith that you’ll ever be able to enjoy intimacy with your partner?

Pain with sex can be an extremely difficult and embarrassing topic to talk about, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone!

It is estimated that around 75% of women experience pain during intercourse at some point in their lives.

While there are many causes for this discomfort, lots of women never seek out more information regarding their pain with sex. Accepting their pain as part of their lives.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

By identifying the cause you can quickly get relief from your discomfort and resume healthy sexual activities.

Pain With Sex And Its Impact On Your Life

Pain during sex can have a serious impact on not just your relationship, but your life as a whole.

Without an open dialogue about sex, your relationship can struggle to tackle the issue, leaving the subject unaddressed will only negatively impact both partners.

Your partner may not be aware of your pain with sex and might be looking to place blame in other areas of your relationship.

Finding a balance between your professional and personal life is something most modern women struggle with. Successful women working long hours can find it difficult to make time in their busy schedules to improve their sexual health.

It is often not until taking that next step to have children, that you address the issue you have been struggling with your entire life.

Whether you’re looking to start a family right now or something you’re thinking about for the future, identifying the cause of your pain you can vastly improve your daily life and in turn your relationship.

The Most Common Causes Of Pain With Sex


Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those found in the lining of the uterus grow outside of it, often leading to pain and inflammation.

It can affect various aspects of a woman’s life, including making sexual intercourse uncomfortable or painful.

Luckily there is treatment options available for endometriosis, physical therapy techniques can help alleviate the pain associated with endometriosis. This includes both pelvic pain and discomfort during intercourse.

Every woman’s experience with endometriosis is unique, and treatment should be tailored to individual needs, an expert physical therapist can develop a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs.


Vaginismus is a condition where the muscles in the vagina involuntarily tighten or spasm.

This can make penetration, whether during sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, or medical examinations, uncomfortable, painful, or even impossible.

The exact cause of vaginismus is not fully understood, but it’s often linked to anxiety or fear related to vaginal penetration.

Physical therapy can be particularly beneficial in treating vaginismus. A physical therapist specializing in pelvic health can provide exercises to help relax and control the pelvic floor muscles. Techniques may include biofeedback and progressive relaxation that can significantly reduce muscle spasms and pain.

Looking to learn more about Vaginismus, the most common myths, and how to relax your pelvic muscles to reduce your pain with sex?

Why not download our free report – Vaginismus Resource Kit. In this special report, you will receive an “owner’s manual” for your body, and how to reduce your pelvic pain.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

PID is an infection in a woman’s reproductive organs that can cause ongoing pelvic pain, making it uncomfortable to engage in sexual activity.

It is common when bacteria move from the cervix or vagina to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, among other reproductive organs.

Physical therapy can be an effective part of the treatment plan for managing PID symptoms.

By reducing pain and improving pelvic health, physical therapy can greatly enhance the overall quality of life for women suffering from PID.


Vulvodynia is a chronic pain condition that affects the vulva, which is the external part of a woman’s genitals.

This condition can lead to a variety of uncomfortable sensations, such as burning, stinging, or sharp pains. These symptoms can be particularly evident during sexual intercourse.

Additionally, the discomfort caused by vulvodynia can make it challenging to wear tight clothing, such as jeans or leggings.

Pelvic floor therapy focuses on strengthening and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles. Improving the health of these muscles can reduce your pain and discomfort in the vulvar area. Speak to an physical therapist to discuss this treatment option.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Pain With Sex

Physical therapy is an proven way to manage chronic pain with sex and improve your quality of life in the bedroom.

At its core, physical therapy aims to help restore movement and function as well as reduce pain. If you’ve been dealing with sexual pain, a physical therapist can develop a personalized treatment plan to significantly reduce your pain.

By working with a physical therapist, you can address the underlying causes of sexual pain such as nerve damage, muscle tightness and imbalances.  Your physical therapist will also help you identify effective strategies to manage pain during sex.

If you’re ready to take control of your chronic pain with sex, physical therapy can provide the fastest form of treatment to get you back in the bedroom. With the right treatment plan, you can make improvement in the bedroom and start enjoying sex again, whether that’s just for your relationship or if you’re getting ready to start a family.

Want To Talk To A Pelvic Floor Expert

If you are struggling with pain during sex or you’re unable to diagnose the root cause of your pain. Feel free to arrange a Free Discovery Call to learn more about future proofing your vagina.

You can also call us anytime on 206-580-3771 to discuss your options and see if pelvic physical therapy is right for you!

We will work with you to identify the source of your pain, develop strategies for managing it during sex, and help make lifestyle modifications that will provide relief.

Don’t let pelvic pain prevent you from having the intimate relationship you and your partner deserve.

At Dr. Darshana’s Pelvic PT we love to help busy women with practical and personalized solutions to intimate health issues through all stages of life.

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