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Reasons You May Experience Abdominal Pain After Sex

by Stephen Silva

Do you experience pain after sexual intercourse? While this is certainly not ideal, you are not alone if you do. Here are a few reasons why you might experience abdominal pain after you have sexual intercourse with your partner.

You Are Pregnant

Some women experience abdominal pain after sex because they are pregnant, and it is a great idea to rule out pregnancy with an ultrasound or blood test ahead of time. It is important that you rule out pregnancy because the abdominal pain could indicate that you have an ectopic pregnancy in which the egg is developing outside of the uterus.

You Have Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a serious concern among women, and it is not uncommon. One symptom of endometriosis for many women is a painful stomach after sex. If you have this condition, you have uterine cells growing in other parts of your body, which can cause other symptoms as well. If you receive a diagnosis for endometriosis, your doctor may be able to help you manage it without the pain.

Your IUD Is Out of Place

If you have an IUD in place, it could have become knocked out of place. The result is painful sexual intercourse, similar to intense pressure or a feeling as if you are being poked. An OBGYN can determine your IUD has been dislodged through a quick check examination. 

You Have Ovarian Cysts

Ovarian cysts, which are small sacs that can form in the ovaries, are common. In fact, they are mostly harmless. Unfortunately, some women with this condition experience intense pain, even after sex. In addition to pain, you may also experience bloating, swelling, and pain in the lower back. Some women even become nauseous.

You Have a Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection, or UTI, is an infection that can impact your bladder. You may experience painful urination and even a burning sensation in your abdominal and pelvic area after sex. If you experience these symptoms, you must speak with a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help your body fight off the infection.

You Have Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a mysterious pain of the vulva that affects many women. You may experience pelvic pain during and after intercourse, and the pain may even extend into the abdominal region. Unfortunately, the cause of this health issue is often unknown.

A gynecologist can offer you a diagnosis related to the pain you feel after sexual intercourse. Make an appointment with your OBGYN today to learn more about your condition.

For more information on gynecology, consult a resource in your area.