Let’s face it ladies: our vaginas are tough! Naturally, they’re there in order to bring new life into this world and to give us the opportunity to experience ‘womanhood’ in every way you’re possibly thinking of at this moment.
Yes, at times they let us down—normally once a month, for approximately 5 days. Other times, they completely fail us. However, at the end of the day, I’m proud to have a vagina since it is, after all, tougher than its counterpart.
While vaginas have a way of being inconvenient at times. Sometimes just downright annoying. They can hurt; ranging from a mild discomfort to severe pain – depending on the situation. Here's what may be the cause of the pain.
This is a painful condition in which the tissue normally found inside your uterus, starts growing outside your uterus called an endometrial implant. This causes severe pain, especially during your period.
Endometriosis involves your ovaries, lining of your pelvis or bowels. Always visit your healthcare practitioner if you experience severe pain during menstruation as it can be due to Endometriosis.
2. Interstitial Cystitis
Since the female anatomy is very delicate and close-knit, your vagina may hurt due to factors not related to that specific area. In this case, Interstitial Cystitis becomes a real thing. It’s a painful bladder syndrome involving bladder pressure, pain and sometimes pelvic pain, ranging from a mild uneasiness to severe pain. Urine tests need to be done in order to eliminate other bladder problems.
3. Pelvic Ffloor Tension Myalgia
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Tension Myalgia include burning, itchiness, pain in your vagina and heaviness in your pelvic region. Pelvic Floor Tension Myalgia can be caused by various factors, including childbirth and emotional problems causing tension in your pelvic floor muscles. As a short term solution, botox can be used to relieve some of the tension.
Imagine having vaginal pain without having a known cause. This is exactly what Vulvodynia is. As frustrating and perplexing as it can be, Vulvodynia can affect women of all ages, races and sizes. There is speculation that a previous yeast infection can make you more susceptible to developing Vulvodynia or nerve damage.
5. Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
Also known as pelvic vein incompetence, this is a chronic, painful condition in which the varicose veins in your pelvis become weak and don’t function as they should. This can cause a dull, painful pressure in your pelvis. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you experience pain in your pelvis before panic sets in. It could be nothing, or you may need treatment.
6. Vaginal Dryness
During certain times in your life, your body will experience changes. Often, vaginal dryness will occur during the biggest change of a woman’s life: menopause. That’s not the only reason though. Childbirth and breastfeeding, chemotherapy, the removal of your ovaries and anti-estrogen medication can also lead to painful vaginal dryness.
7. Vaginal Muscle Strains
Yes, you can pull your vaginal muscles by doing a simple workout. Your pelvis is a muscle that can be injured simply by working out. Similar to the pain you may experience when pulling any other muscle in your body, pulling your pelvic muscles is a painful experience. If you think it may be more than that, go to a hospital. You may think you’ve pulled a muscle when it’s actually something a worse.
8. Bladder Infection
If you’ve ever had a bladder infection, you will know the pain and discomfort that accompanies one. You’ll experience a burning sensation when urinating, and overall yuckiness. There are home remedies to try in the hopes of banishing this irritating condition. However, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor as a bladder infection can easily transition into a nasty kidney infection, which is far more painful.
9. Unfortunate STIs
Need I say more? Sexually transmitted infections can happen to anyone, regardless of your age, sex or race. They come in the form of itching, rashes, unusual discharge and pain, depending on the type of STI you may have.
Remember to use protection always when deciding to have sexual intercourse with a new partner, and have yourself and your partner tested before taking the leap of faith. Rather be safe than sorry, I always say.
10. Sexual Strain
I know you know what I mean. Yes, you can have intimate moments that are so severe that you end up feeling a little bit bruised the next day. If you’re a delicate woman who hasn’t seen a lot of action lately, this is even more likely.
It’s nothing to feel embarrassed about. Just remember to take it easy until you get back into the groove of things. Your hoo-ha will thank you for being a little bit more gentle!
Remember to treat your vagina like your best friend. After all, you do everything together! Treat it with respect, give it the necessary grooming it deserves, and always ensure that it’s well-cared for in times of need. Although vaginas were made to endure many painful situations on many occasions, they also need a little bit of love and attention in order to flourish.