*** QUESTION ***
My girlfriend and I have a very active sex life. But she always
winces in pain when we start intercourse. After I enter her and
have gone in & out a few times, she is ok and enjoys it. But when I
start, I have to enter her real slow, inch by inch by inch or she
cries in pain. I've tried all lubes, KY, oil based, silicon lubes
but no joy :( I do sufficient foreplay (I think), always 15-20 mins
at least, sometimes I do longer but it doesn't make a diff, she
still hurts when I get inside. I'm wondering is this normal?
How long will we have to wait for her vagina to 'stretch'
permanently so that she doesn't hurt at all. Do all girls go
through this? Am I doing something wrong?
- gd, from Sydney
Many men think that if a woman hurts during intercourse it's because
she is not 'stretched' sufficiently or because his penis is too
big. Not true. If a woman's vagina can stretch enough to pass a
baby's head (the size of a small watermelon) at child birth, then
it can easily stretch to accommodate the biggest penis.
Here are some common reasons why women feel pain during intercourse.
1. LACK OF RELAXATION
A man can enter the bedroom and mentally turn off whatever happened
that day. But for a woman, even if she is lying naked next to her
partner, her mind can still be dealing with a stream of to-do
If there are dishes in the kitchen sink, for example, it may affect
her sexual responsiveness in the bedroom. As I tell the men in my
seminars, doing the dishes is sometimes better foreplay than a
12-course candle-light dinner. :)
She may also be uneasy about sex because she is a virgin, or
because you're a new lover, or because she is unsure of whether
you'll still respect her after you've had sex or she may feel
self-conscious or bad about her body.
Unless most of the stuff in her head is calmed down, a woman cannot
allow her body to get truly aroused. If you try to penetrate before
this happens, it can affect her erotic enjoyment. She could
experience pain during intercourse; have difficulty experiencing
orgasm, or can't at all.
Assure her that you will not penetrate until she is really ready.
Let her know that you find her body beautiful, and that you enjoy
giving her pleasure.
2. INSUFFICIENT 'WHOLE BODY' LOVE MAKING
Many men expect their women to be ready for intercourse after
caressing just her breasts, lips and genitals. Unlike men, women
take much longer to feel aroused enough to enjoy intercourse.
Slow down. Intercourse can wait. Caress, kiss and lick ALL parts of
her body, every square inch of her. Hug and massage her, suck her
toes, play with her hair, roll around, kiss her back. Be sexually
playful, let her take her own time to relax into the sensations.
Assure her that you will not enter her until she invites you
in with a verbal or non-verbal signal (like tugging your right
ear, for instance).
3. THRUSTING YOUR PENIS IN TOO QUICK OR TOO DEEP
Despite being fully aroused and lubricated, it hurts many women
when the penis is pushed in forcefully. Instead, enter slowly.
Tease her a little before entering. Rub the head of your penis on
her vaginal lips. Push your penis in a little and withdraw it
again. Make her wonder "when is he going to get inside me??!".
Build up her anticipation until she is virtually demanding that you
thrust in all the way.
Positions like doggy-style allow much deeper penetration which
could have your penis banging against her cervix or bladder. Such
positions are more enjoyable if you ask her to back-up onto your
penis, so she is in control of the depth and intensity of the
penetration. This will let you know how deep you can go without
4. LACK OF LUBRICATION :
Many perfectly normal women don't produce much lubrication.
Dry-penetration is one of the most
common causes of pain
during intercourse for women. Cunnilingus
(oral sex) is one
way to increase her natural juices, or you could use a
store-bought lubricant like KY-jelly. Apply lubricant on her vulva
and on your penis, and after a while, add some more. Use a few
drops of water to bring alive dried lubricant, if needed.
Sex experts recommend that even if a woman has sufficient
natural lubrication, it always helps to add additional lubricant
like KY-jelly during sex. The wetter she is, the better!
5. RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
If there is hurt in your relationship, the sex may hurt too.
Unlike men who tend to separate their world into different
compartments, a woman treats all aspects of her world as
inter-related. If there is unresolved conflict OUTSIDE the bedroom,
it will affect her sexual responsiveness INSIDE. Get that conflict
resolved. See a counselor or therapist if necessary.
Sexually transmitted infections like Genital warts, Chlamydia and
pelvic inflammatory disease may cause pain during intercourse. So
also can other vaginal infections like yeast or bacterial
infections. If pain persists despite increased 'whole-body'
lovemaking and lubrication, she should consult a gynaecologist and
ask to be examined for these infections.
7. HISTORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE
If she has been abused as a child, she can feel pain during sexual
intercourse, even years later. Consulting a counselor or sex
therapist can be very helpful in this case.
Vaginismus is an involuntary tightening of the vaginal muscles
causing them to clamp down and close the vagina. In mild cases
intercourse is possible but painful for the woman. In extreme cases
insertion is impossible. The cause of vaginismus is still not
clear. It usually happens when the woman is nervous. Women who feel
pain during intercourse or are anxious about sex, unknowingly
tighten their vaginal muscles causing vaginismus. But there are
women with vaginismus who have no history of pain during
intercourse; why it happens with them is still a mystery.
Vaginismus is often relieved when her partner engages in
'whole body' foreplay, and assures her that he will not enter her
until she invites him to. Cunnilingus (oral sex) also goes a long
way in helping a woman overcome vaginismus. It also helps if
intercourse is performed in the woman-on-top position. This allows
her to be in control of the depth and intensity of penetration,
thus reducing her anxiety.
If vaginismus persists, there are excellent treatments provided by
a combined physician-sex therapist team.
>>IN SUMMARY :
In male fantasy, a woman would jump into bed without needing any
persuasion and have earth-shattering sex with no complaints. But in
reality, sex is complicated for many women. But a man can easily
help a woman overcome her sexual baggage.
The thing I recommend to all men : Before you penetrate her, help
her experience 2-3 orgasms using manual (fingers) play and oral
sex. It fully relaxes her pelvic floor muscles. Women enjoy
intercourse more, and have a greater chance of climaxing through
intercourse AFTER they experience orgasm through oral sex.
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