Managing Relationship with Your Partner - Painful Sex, Vaginal Pain
 

Relationships

Whether you are newly diagnosed with painful intercourse or have been suffering from this condition for quite some time, it is important to realize that your medical condition has a direct impact on your relationship and its overall quality and health. How to manage your partner relationship

    Relationships need constant attention and work so that they flourish even in times of adversity. Couples often forget that their relationship is growing and changing as they grow older. As we age and experience life’s challenges, including medical illness, financial and other life stressors, our relationships also change with time. Sometimes we can take our life partner for granted and not give them the attention they need or deserve. At other times we fail to communicate effectively or are harsh with criticism when praise and support is needed. When facing the challenging medical issues of painful intercourse, it is important to address relationship considerations. Both partners need to communicate in an honest and accepting fashion, speak and listen with respect and understanding, to remain emotionally and spiritually connected.
    Vaginal pain can be caused by a variety of medical conditions including bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia infection, herpes, lichen planus or even yeast infections. Other causes include Bartholin’s cysts, abscesses, or sexually transmitted diseases. Vaginal pain can occur during menstruation, with or without sexual activity, and can lead to lowered sexual interest or loss of libido.  No matter what the cause of vaginal pain, your intimate relationships can be affected. Keeping your relationship healthy may be a challenge. However, there are some helpful and practical suggestions you and your partner can implement to help preserve your sexual wellness. Refer to the article on “Managing your relationship under painful sex” for some other helpful hints to effectively manage your relationship.

 

Symptoms

Read more about symptoms affecting the vulva and vagina that may be causing discomfort or pain.

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Disorders

Read more about vulvar and vaginal disorders that affect women and their quality of life.

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