Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You and your partner may be able to minimize pain with a few changes to your sexual routine:

  • Switch positions. If you experience sharp pain during thrusting, the penis may be striking your cervix or stressing the pelvic floor muscles, causing aching or cramping pain. Changing positions may help. You can try being on top of your partner during sex. Women usually have more control in this position, so you may be able to regulate penetration to a depth that feels good to you.
  • Communicate. Talk about what feels good and what doesn't. If you need your partner to go slow, say so.
  • Don't rush. Longer foreplay can help stimulate your natural lubrication. And you may reduce pain by delaying penetration until you feel fully aroused.
  • Use lubricants. A personal lubricant can make sex more comfortable. Read labels carefully or ask your doctor to recommend a product to try; for some women, personal lubricants that contain glycerin can promote yeast infections.
Jan. 25, 2012