If you experience painful intercourse, you may feel:

  • Pain only at sexual penetration (entry)
  • Pain with every penetration, even while putting in a tampon
  • Pain with certain partners or just under certain circumstances
  • New pain after previously pain-free intercourse
  • Deep pain during thrusting, which is often described as "something being bumped"
  • Burning pain or aching pain

When to see a doctor

If you are experiencing painful intercourse, talk to your doctor. Treating the problem can help your sex life, your emotional intimacy and your self-image.

Jan. 25, 2012