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The painful burning sensation after play? – Causes and treatment

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Lovemaking becomes a nightmare for a woman who chronically experiences a burning sensation in her private part after play. 

It is sometimes accompanied with an unusual vaginal discharge, a very tender vulva or vagina, and itching.  Due to fear of pain, the affected woman will try to avoid play at any cost, and if her problem is not communicated properly to her partner, it can pose a threat to their relationship as well.

This article by EHC carries information on the causes for vaginal burning sensation and tips on how to relieve the pain.

1) Vaginal dryness

A thin layer of naturally secreted clear fluid helps the vagina stay lubricated and estrogen helps it to stay that way by keeping the vaginal walls healthy and elastic.If this natural lubrication gets affected due to menopause or low-estrogen level in pre-menopausal women, moisture content depletes and the vagina becomes thinner and less elastic and affects lovemaking.With less or no natural lubrication, vagina gets irritated and sore with play and hence the burning sensation.

Help: Affected woman can use over-the-counter water-soluble lubricants, apply it around the vulvar and vaginal areas before the play, vaginal moisturizers in the form of creams can also be applied.  Vaseline can be used as a vaginal lubricant.

2) Yeast infection

The symptoms of yeast infection are itching and burning sensation in and around the vaginal area, sometimes accompanied with an unusual white discharge.Yeast infection can cause pain or burning sensation during or after play.

Help: Antifungal medicines in the form of suppositories, ointment, tablets, and creams can used to treat it.

woman vaginal pain

3) Vaginismus

Vaginismus is a condition wherein the surrounding muscles of the vagina squeeze or get into a painful spasm during the play.Even though doctors cannot pinpoint a cause for vaginismus, it is attributed to anxiety or fear of the play.

Help: Kegel exercise is the best therapy to relieve the pain.

4) Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

STDs like Chlamydia, genital herpes, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) pose a threat to lovemaking.The internal lesions caused by STDs can become more sore and inflamed with penile-vaginal penetration giving out a burning sensation after the play.

Help: Be safe, use condoms for oral, vaginal, or the back play.  Avoid the play with a person who is infected with STDs and the last but not the least; be faithful to your partner.

woman vaginal pain

5) Ovarian cysts

If ovarian cysts become large, bleeds, or get ruptured due to bumping during play, it can cause pain or severe burning sensation.

Help: Ovarian cysts don’t need any treatment, usually they go away on their own within 9-12 weeks, but in severe cases, surgery is required to remove the cysts or ovaries.

6) Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Women usually get UTIs and it can cause moderate to severe burning sensation during or after the play.

Help: Prevention of UTIs require women to wipe their bottom from front to back after a bowel movement to prevent bacteria from the anus entering the urethra.  Emptying bladder immediately after the play helps.  Drinking cranberry juice is known to prevent UTIs.  In severe cases of UTIs, medical attention is needed.

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