Thank you for sharing your
concern with us.
It appears from your mail
that your girl friend does not have difficulty during
penetration... the pain starts a couple of minutes after
penetration & thrusting and thereafter intercourse
becomes difficult. Even if she bears with the pain for
another minute or two to reach orgasm, she can no longer
give another try because her vaginal muscles tighten and
close the opening of the vaginal barrel.
Women using hormonal
contraception may have reduced vaginal lubrication and
increased chances of yeast infection, which in turn
cause vaginal soreness and irritation during
intercourse. This makes intercourse very painful.
The tightening up of vaginal muscles could happen
through voluntary effort or involuntarily in response to
the pain or burning sensation.
Other vaginal infections
may also cause this problem and it's important to
remember that a number of vaginal infections are free of
symptoms for a good number of women. You said the
problem started with a previous partner, so it should be
viewed from this angle too.
Hymeneal remnants, pelvic
masses, prolapsed ovaries, a medical condition called
endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease are among the
other prominent causes of vaginal pain associated
If no medical condition is
identified, psychosocial factors need to be
investigated. Anxiety, fear, religious orthodoxy, poor
body-image, anger at partner, distrust, poor
communication and much deeper causes are identified as
sources of vaginal pain.
Whatever the cause
all women experiencing vaginal pain during intercourse
on a regular basis should undergo gynec examination,
because very often physical causes are involved.
Therefore a gynec
consultation is highly recommended as a starting point.
Depending on the investigations, further evaluation can
be planned. Please note that vaginal pain if neglected,
can lead to vaginismus, and desire/arousal/orgasmic
dysfunctions. So please think of an early appointment
with her physician/gynecologist.