You haven’t just given birth, over-limbered at the gym, or attempted to show your girlfriends that yes, you can still do a split, on a recent night out. But for some reason, your lady parts are causing discomfort during sex.
“Painful sex, medically known as dyspareunia, is a common problem,” says Dr Kelly Loi, gynaecologist, obstetrician and medical director at the Health and Fertility Centre for Women. “I see around two to three patients a month about it.”
The difficulty is pinpointing why sex is painful is that it may not be just physical – there could be psychological reasons, too.
“This is why communication is paramount,” adds Dr Loi. “The couple must seek help sooner rather than later because if the issue manifests, cracks could start appearing in the entire relationship.”
There are number of reasons why lovemaking can suddenly become unbearable and the majority can be diagnosed. Read on so you can understand your body better, and provide only the right kind of screams in the heat of the moment: