Bleeding After Intercourse Isn't All That Can Go Wrong After Sex

Headaches, pelvic pain eye inflammation, muscle soreness, out of breath.... Does this sound like the latest round of P90X, well it's not, it's what can happen after sex! As a gyno we probably get asked about bleeding, or spotting that occurs after intercourse more than any other complaint, but lots of other physical symptoms and issues can occur. Sometimes we discover there is a small tear that occurred in the back wall of the vagina, and some bruising around the urethra as well. Headaches that only occur after sex are relatively common as well. The headaches that individuals have only after having sex are most commonly called post coital headaches but are also also called sexual headache, benign vascular sexual headache, and coital cephalagia. Some women will have have these coital cephalagia headaches before they orgasm; and in others this headache only occurs after orgasm. The two coital cephalgia headaches have different meaning. What about muscle injuries, are you chuckling when someone comes in with back pain, thinking, really you just moved a couch or what was your buddy doing to get the backache! In some cases trying those oh so fun, but so demanding sex positions might be the cause of short term muscle pain. But more serious muscle symptoms with intercourse can occur. The pains can be in almost any muscle group, back or otherwise, and for some women vaginal or vulvar pain can occur, known as vulvodynia. In those women chronic constriction of the vaginal muscles can lead to vaginismus. Women with vulvodynia or vaginismus have special considerations, and should refer to these topics in the blog. Myofascial pelvic pain syndrome is not just intercourse related, but can be related to episodes of sex. This usually has women complaining of pains at other times not just pain with intercourse but those who have tension in their pelvic floor muscles, or spasm of the inner muscles of the pelvis can have significant pain due to muscle tone being too tight, essentially spasming after intercourse. As a gyno we sometimes find these muscles by trigger point pain. During intercourse o4r immediately after intercourse the trigger point pain can sometimes cause pain to be referred to near by nerves or muscle groups, and pain can then be located anywhere from the vagina, vulva, perineum, rectum, and bladder or the thighs, buttocks, or lower abdomen. Lots of other things can occur from sex, we'll be covering this topic a lot, but eye symptoms?! Yes, this occurs too. Post coital bletharitis with women complaining of runny eyes has also been known to occur...strictly speaking its an eye irritation that only occurs after sex. Now other things are fixed, dysmenorrhea is usually improved by sex, so no need to avoid sex with your menstrual period.


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