Posts for: October, 2018
Dyspareunia is the technical term for pain during intercourse. It's not uncommon for women to experience painful sexual intercourse at some point in their lives. It may be a sign of a gynecologic problem, a problem with sexual response, or simply a lack of arousal. If you are experiencing pain during sex, work with your OB/GYN to determine the root cause and devise a treatment plan. Read on to learn about treatment options for painful sex.
Painful sex can be treated with lifestyle modifications. There are a few ways to try to alleviate pain during sexual intercourse such as trying a slower pace or using more lubricant. Using lubricants can help make the sex more comfortable; different brands can be tried until you find one that is well suited to your needs, and remember communication is important! Talk to each other about what feels good and what doesn't. If your partner is going too fast, then tell them so.
Treatment options vary depending on the cause of the dyspareunia. Changing medications known to cause lubrication problems might also relieve your pain. For some women, pain during sex is caused by a lack of lubrication resulting from low levels of estrogen. This can be treated with topical estrogen applied to the vagina. Another medication to relieve dyspareunia is prasterone, which is a capsule you place inside the vagina every day.
If you’re looking for a non-invasive way to address painful sex brought on by low estrogen levels, MonaLisa Touch laser therapy is a highly effective long-term solution. Laser therapy eliminates vaginal dryness and helps prevent further complications, including vaginal atrophy. In just three treatment sessions, MonaLisa Touch revitalizes the vaginal mucosa and activates the production of new collagen to help restore normal functional and pain-free sexual intimacy.
Painful sex can lead to relationship problems. It may be worthwhile to speak to a counselor if this is the case. If trauma, sexual abuse, or other emotional issues are the root cause of the dyspareunia, counseling could very well help. Counseling can also help you cope with the emotional consequences of painful intercourse. Couples may attend counseling together if painful sex is leading to communication or intimacy issues.
Painful sex can be treated with desensitization therapy. Pelvic floor exercises and vaginal relaxation exercises may be used in this treatment method as they will strengthen your pelvic muscles and ease your pain during intercourse. Strong pelvic floor muscles can go a long way toward warding off urinary incontinence.
You don’t have to live with sexual pain. Find an OB/GYN in your area and schedule a consultation today. Get your life back on track by receiving the best dyspareunia treatment available. You deserve to live your best life!
Have you been struggling to get pregnant? Most women have a strong desire to have a baby at some point in their adult lives, and although conceiving a child may seem easy, it's actually very difficult for many couples. If you are experiencing these issues, Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates' San Dimas office offers fertility evaluations and infertility treatments to their patients.
Infertility means not being able to become pregnant after 12 months of trying. If a woman can get pregnant but keeps having stillbirths or miscarriages, that's also called infertility. Though the main symptom of female infertility is not being able to get pregnant, a menstrual cycle that's too short, too long, absent, or irregular can also connotate that you're not ovulating.
Causes of Infertility
Female infertility can have numerous causes. The most common causes of female infertility are problems with ovulation. Other causes of female infertility include blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, and physical problems with the uterus. Infertility may also be caused by thyroid disease, diabetes, older age, smoking, and poor nutrition.
During a fertility evaluation, tests and examinations are done to find the cause of infertility. Men undergo a semen analysis that evaluates sperm movement and structure and sperm count. For women, doctors check to see whether ovulation is occurring through ovulation home test kits, blood tests that detect hormones, and ultrasound exams of the ovaries.
Many treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant. They include fertility drugs, hormone treatments, and assisted reproductive technology, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and surgery. Many women may need just one or two therapies to restore fertility. Some women may need several different types of treatment before they're able to conceive.
Now that you’re thinking about starting a family, it’s important to take steps to accomplish your goal—getting pregnant and having a healthy baby. Call Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates' San Dimas office at (909) 599-8677 to schedule a consultation today. Our treatment options will boost your fertility and improve your chances of getting pregnant!