10 Common Reasons Sex Hurts for Women & How to Fix Them

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Of course, we all want to have healthy, happy, fulfilling sex lives, but recent surveys show that many women are struggling to even have comfortable sex. A survey recently published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that almost 7,000 women in the UK experience pain during sex. Sadly, this isn't exactly news.


Nearly three out of four women have pain during intercourse at some time during their lives, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). And challenges associated with childbirth -- stemming from anything from hormonal shifts to scar tissue -- can lead to painful sex for new moms specifically. (As if new parenthood wasn't tough enough!)

Thankfully, identifying the root cause and right fix can go far to feeling -- and getting it on -- better.

Here, 10 common causes of painful sex, and what experts say they advise their patients who are grappling with the same challenges.

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