Find out more about what sex therapists do. It can be very upsetting and distressing. It can happen if a woman associates sex with pain or being "wrong", or if she's had vaginal trauma, such as an episiotomy during childbirth. A woman will gradually use larger sizes until the largest size can be inserted comfortably. Some women may wish to try using their fingers instead. Sex after menopause Pain during sex is common after the menopause as oestrogen levels fall which can cause the vagina to feel dry.
This can affect a woman's desire for sex, but there are lubrication creams that can help. Ask a GP or pharmacist. Female genital mutilation Women who have experienced female genital mutilation FGM can find it difficult and painful to have sex. Womsn is where female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there is no medical reason for this to be done. It can also result in reduced sexual desire and a lack of pleasurable sensation.
They can refer you to a therapist who can help. A GP or practice nurse may order tests to check tjat underlying health conditions.
If your problem is related to lack of hormones, such as testosterone or oestrogen, hormone replacement therapy HRT may help. Treating other conditions, such as diabetes or depression, may also Wimen symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Sex therapy Sexual therapy can help. Talk with your partner about your problem, and see a therapist together if you can.
Do not be embarrassed. Many people experience sexual dysfunction and there are ways to get help.
Your GP can refer you to a therapist, or you can see one privately. last reviewed: 28 August Next review due: 28 August Support links.