Pain With Intercourse Specialist

Estelle Archer, MD

Gynecologists located in Amarillo, TX

Almost three in four women experience pain with intercourse at some point in their lives. If painful intercourse negatively impacts your sex life, you don’t have to live with it. At her self-titled practice in Amarillo, Texas, Estelle Archer, MD, FACOG, uses MonaLisa Touch® and other innovative treatments to reduce vaginal dryness and ease pain associated with intercourse, so you can enjoy the activities you once loved. Call to learn more, or book an appointment online.

Pain With Intercourse Q & A

What is pain with intercourse?

Pain with intercourse is any type of pelvic pain you feel during sexual intercourse. You might feel:

  • Pain near the opening of your vagina
  • Discomfort near your perineum, or the area between your vagina and anus
  • Pain in your lower back, bladder, or uterus
  • Deep pain
  • Burning or aching pain
  • Pain with penetration
  • Throbbing pain that lasts after intercourse

You might experience pain during or after intercourse. It may be temporary or long-lasting for some women. If you experience any pain associated with sexual intercourse, it’s important to check in with a gynecologist.

What causes pain with intercourse?

The cause of pain with intercourse may be as simple as vaginal dryness, but it’s important to rule out more serious gynecological conditions. Common causes of painful intercourse include:

  • Anxiety or stress associated with sexual intercourse
  • Taking certain medications
  • Medical conditions like arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and thyroid problems
  • Past surgeries
  • Childbirth
  • Skin disorders
  • Low estrogen levels or other hormonal changes
  • Menopause
  • Yeast or bacterial infections
  • Gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis, adhesions, and pelvic inflammatory disease

It’s important to rule out gynecological conditions associated with painful intercourse. Dr. Archer goes over your medical history and completes a pelvic examination to identify the cause. She may also order lab or imaging tests to make a diagnosis.

What is the treatment for painful intercourse?

After determining the cause of pain with intercourse, Dr. Archer goes over treatment options that can make your sex life more comfortable. She might recommend:

  • MonaLisa Touch® for vaginal rejuvenation
  • Lubricants or other creams during intercourse
  • Counseling for traumatic sexual experiences
  • Taking or stopping certain medications
  • Topical estrogen creams or tablets
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Treatment for underlying medical conditions
  • Treating gynecological conditions

Minimally invasive surgeries may help reduce or eliminate pain caused by fibroids, adhesions (scar-like tissue), endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Dr. Archer uses the most innovative technology to make surgical procedures comfortable and effective.

When you’re ready to eliminate pain during intercourse once and for all, call Dr. Archer’s office today, or book an appointment online.