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5 Things To Do If You Have A Sore Vagina After Sex

5 Things To Do If You Have A Sore Vagina After Sex

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ometimes, this act that’s meant to bring nothing but pleasure leaves behind a sore vagina. However, this could be beyond a rough and tumble type of sex to mean something deeper like an infection. With countless reasons why you could have a sore vagina after sex, the most befitting thing to do is to book a doctor’s appointment and leave the guesswork to gamblers.

There are several causes of a sore vagina after sex. These causes can pose little to no trouble, and can also be a sign of something serious. In order to best pinpoint the cause, consider how long this condition has occurred. If this is your first time experiencing it, then it’s a good idea to think about what new thing you may have incorporated into your lifestyle, or the sex itself. For example, did you change condoms or try a different style? On the other hand, if a sore vagina after sex is a regular experience for you, why have you delayed taking a trip to the hospital?

What are the common causes of a sore vagina after sex?

  1. Rough sex: Your partner may be seriously packing heavy or you both just had rough sex, that’s typically enough reason to have a sore vagina after sex.
  2. Dry vagina: This could be a result of hormonal imbalance, menopause, or there was not enough foreplay to get you dripping before penetration.
  3. Infections: This is why it’s not advisable to ignore symptoms, get yourself checked for UTIs and/or STIs but with the guidance of your doctor.
  4. Your vagina may be sensitive to latex or lubricants: While some have sex with or without a condom and can’t tell the difference, you might have a sore vagina after sex because you’re sensitive to latex or lubricant. Check with your doctor to confirm that you’re actually sensitive to latex then you could opt for polyurethane or female condoms. 

Check out 5 tips to relieve soreness in the vagina after sex…

#1. Try ice

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If the vulva is swollen after hot sizzling rough sex, try cooling it down with ice cubes concealed in a small face towel with your underwear on, apply it for 5-10 minutes. Do not place it directly on your skin to avoid further irritation. Give it time, it usually subsides but if symptoms persist, then off to the gynecologist you go. Rough rider. 

#2. Take a warm bath soak

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There are a few things that match the relaxing outcome of good sex and a warm bath soak. Few things I say. If you want to keep the heat going, opt for a warm bath soak and maybe you could convince your partner to join you. How romantic. 

#3. Lubricate some more

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It’s with joy in my heart that I announce to you that you could still apply lubes on your vagina after sex. It’s very soothing but do well to avoid alcohol-based lubricants for they sting worse than a bee. Stock up on water-based lubricants, you’ll be needing a lot of those. 

#4. Exercise

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When you have a sore vagina after sex, the last thing you want to hear is to work out. I mean can we take it one pain at a time? On the contrary, exercises like reverse Kegel are great for relaxing the pelvic muscles. If the sores were a result of a tight pelvic region, this exercise will make your vagina more accommodating and sex more enjoyable. 

#5. Book an appointment with your gynecologist

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A sore vagina after sex isn’t always a medical emergency but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If the swelling persists and the sore doesn’t heal, waste no more time, drop the ice pack, and head straight to the hospital. Try not to self-medicate. 

Note: Great sex shouldn’t hurt, don’t normalize pain. If you have a recurring sore vagina after sex, get help from your doctor. 

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