Doctors Weigh In on Why Sex Can Be Painful, and How to Work Through It

Although not all of us experience mind-blowing orgasms, sex is generally considered to be a pleasurable activity for both parties. It may surprise you that approximately 75 percent of women report experiencing pain during intercourse at some point in their lives. Like everything else, the pain level ranges from mild to severe and, for some women, it’s a quick phase rather than a long-term problem.

But many women consistently experience moderate to intense pain during sex and can’t pinpoint the reason why. Furthermore, the problem can be a source of embarrassment that prevents women from talking to their doctors and confiding in their partners. It’s easy to chalk up the problem to, “there’s something inherently wrong with me,” when in reality, there are myriad reasons sex can be painful.

Experts weighed in and explained why sex can be painful. Once you get to the root of the problem, it’s time to chat with your doctor about possible solutions, because they certainly exist.