Perhaps you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and you’re living with some of the dreaded effects, like painful sex, or maybe you’ve yet to visit your healthcare provider, but are having some difficulty during intimacy.
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects many women, some of whom may not even be aware. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or information listed below, it is a good idea to visit your gynaecologist.
This disorder can have some terribly uncomfortable side effects, and we all deserve to manage and make our lives as enjoyable as possible… and that includes our Sex life.
Endometriosis means that all or part(s) of your endometrium grow beyond your uterus. The endometrium lines the female uterus in those who don’t have endometriosis. It plays an important role for reproduction and the menstrual cycle. pregnancy. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal condition with similar side effects. Make sure to mention this when you talk to your gynaecologist.
Endometriosis patients have tissue that functions normally. But, the tissue gets trapped during menstruation because there is no way for it to leave the body.
The disorder can get worse if the surrounding tissue is irritated. This creates scar tissue and adhesions that cause pelvic tissue and other organs to stick together. If this happens, there is potential to induce bouts of intense pain, especially during one’s period (dysmenorrhea).
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is most commonly characterized by:
- Periods of pain
- Pain during sex
- Painful bowel movements and urination
- Excessive bleeding between and during menstrual periods
It’s important to note that the severity of the pain isn’t always an indication of the extent of your condition. Mild endometriosis could be associated with chronic pain. While advanced endometriosis might cause little to no pain, it can lead to severe pain.
Although it is possible to connect the dots by using these symptoms and visiting a healthcare professional, endometriosis can not be ruled out.
The Connection Between Endometriosis And Painful Sex
Many women feel pain when they have endometriosis. Penetrative sex. This is particularly true if there is endometriosis behind the lower uterus. The pain can also be caused by the stretching of irritated tissue during penetration.
Physical sensation aside, endometriosis too can have a big mental effect on one’s sex life (and life in general). It can cause a variety of problems. Relationship tensionA lower desire to have sexual relations and an anxiety around intimacy.
Partner sex is something they want to share together. If one person actively resists sexual activity, it can leave their partner feeling unwelcome or rejected.
How to ease the pain of endometriosis during sex
There is no magic cure for endometriosis pain, but there are ways to reduce the discomfort and ease the discomfort.
Endometriosis can lead to intimacy being disrupted. It can cause conflict, arguments, or feelings of insecurity. Anxiety either rejection or acceptance for both partners. And even though talking about endometriosis may be stressful or difficult, relaying your experience to your partner may help them to understand how you’re feeling, and why you’re not as inclined to be intimate.
Seek out your doctor
Sexual health is vital. Talking with your doctor to discuss your endometriosis should not be shameful. It’s also worth the short-lived uncomfortable discussion as a means to have a better level of physical and mental health. Your doctor might be able to recommend Medicine You may be offered activities or advice that will help you manage your endometriosis. Laparoscopic surgery is also an option. This will allow for the removal of as much tissue as possible from the uterus.
You can try new positions
If you’re with someone who is understanding and open to experimenting new ways to enjoy intimacy together, why not try Neue positions? Some women find that only certain positions can cause pain. This leaves room for some creativity in the bedroom. Side-by-side spooning, for example, may offer shallow penetration. This is a good choice for people who experience pain while sex. To ease discomfort, you may want slower, more sensual penetration.
Foreplay can be found here The Play
When it comes to sex, penetrative sex may not be the best. In fact, Foreplay It is vital in every relationship as it allows for both partners to be more relaxed and aroused. These are things such as sensual massageToys, oral stimulation, and toys are all great ways to have intimacy. It’s important to remember that partners should not be focusing on the pleasures of orgasm and penetration. For example, when two people are constantly trying to achieve orgasm as a means to ‘end’ sex, it takes away from the journey, the sexual build-up, and excitement. And don’t forget that most women need some kind of clitoral stimulation for sheer sexual bliss anyway, so you may as well face the music that foreplay is thee play.
Apply More Lube
A lot of people tend to underestimate lubricant, believing that it’s merely an aid for those who have vaginal dryness or for those who enjoy Anal play. But actually, there’s a lot to love about an extra slippery glide! Endometriosis sufferers need to lube their genitals as dryness can occur. Opt for a vaginal lubricant made especially for vaginal dryness to help ease some of the pain attached to endometriosis, but make sure that it is condom-safe (if you’re using Condoms).
Some women find it less painful to have sex during the week following ovulation or the two weeks after a period. This, of course, doesn’t apply to all women with endometriosis, but it is worth experimenting. Even though there is some evidence that certain foods are better for your body at different times in your cycle, others do not.
Anxiety before intimacy is something that many people experience, and not only those with endometriosis. One or two relaxation techniques can help relieve stress and pain. You could, for example, take a hot bath to relax your body. Or, you could use pain medication 1 hour before you go on with the penetration sex. MeditateYou can light scented candles or perform breathing exercises that will help you relax.
Endometriosis can be managed, even though it is a very unfair diagnosis. By having a more positive attitude and focusing on what you can do instead of what you can’t, you’ll begin to find new ways to enjoy your sex life—and that in itself, is an adventure!
Helena is a sex-positive freelance copywriter in her early 30’s from Cape Town, South Africa. She’s travelled and lived in various countries in Asia and Europe for almost a decade, and continues to live her dream — traveling the world independently as a copywriter. She has extensive experience in the fields of sexual health, escort and sex marketing, having written for various magazines and companies within the industry.