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Vaginal Irritation After Sexual Intercourse – Why It Occurs, How to Minimise It and Heal It

Irritation After Sex Due to Chafing

Did you know that often irritation after intercourse is actually caused by pubic hair chafing the delicate genital skin? Hair rubbing against the fine skin and mucous membranes of the vaginal areas during sex causes tiny abrasions. The best way to prevent this chafing is by removing the offending hair. Please note: hair removal is not going to be effective unless your partner does the same! After all – his pubic hairs can cause at least as much chafing as yours do. And being male, his hairs are likely to be thicker and stronger than yours. The hair that will need to be removed is the hair immediately around the vagina and the penis including any stray hairs that grow on the inside of the labia and on the shaft of the penis.

Vaginal Hair Removal Options

There are many hair removal options available including laser hair removal, waxing and shaving. Hair removal can help to decrease the abrasion caused by pubic hair during sex which leads to sore and irritated vaginal tissue.

Irritation After Sex Due to Infection

Sometimes we have an overgrowth of fungal or bacterial microbes in our vagina without really noticing any symptoms. We may only notice the irritation and discomfort after sex and wonder what the problem is.

On closer inspection we may discover a white, curd-like or "cottage-cheese" discharge which is indicative of a Candida Albicans (yeast infection) overgrowth.

We may notice a smelly, yellowish discharge which is indicative of a bacterial overgrowth.

If you notice any unusual vaginal discharge after unprotected sexual intercourse, it is possible that you may have picked up a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Please consult your doctor if you believe you may have contracted an infection. Fungal infections, bacterial infections and most STIs can be treated by your doctor, but need to be correctly diagnosed first.

Irritation After Sex Due to Latex Allergy

If you notice irritation after sex where a condom was used, it is possible that you are experiencing a reaction to latex (the most common material that condoms are made from) or to the lubricant on the condom. You may like to try a different brand of condom next time or find one that is made out of polyurethane instead of latex.

Irritation After Sex Due to Vaginal Dryness

Many women experience soreness and irritation after sex due to insufficient vaginal lubrication.

Sometimes a lack of vaginal lubrication occurs because a woman is not fully aroused prior to intercourse. Extending the amount of time spent on foreplay may help.

Menopausal and post-menopausal women are particularly vulnerable to vaginal dryness because vaginal secretions decrease when oestogen levels drop, as they do at this particular phase of a woman's life.

Sexual Lubricants

There are many products that have been specifically designed to provide sexual lubrication. These products are generally colourless and mimic the consistency of a woman's natural lubrication. Sexual lubricants can be purchased from pharmacies and chemists, supermarkets, sex stores and online.

Irritation After Sex Due to Emotional Barriers

Some women think of sexual intercourse as wrong or dirty. Emotional issues around sex make it very difficult for a woman to enjoy sex and to be relaxed during sexual intercourse. If you are not relaxed during sex, your vagina is likely to be dry and difficult to penetrate. This may lead to vaginal abrasion and discomfort after sex.

Sex Therapy

Women who do not enjoy sex due to social or cultural conditioning or a prior damaging sexual experience should consider consulting a qualified sex therapist. Sex therapists can counsel or suggest cognitive techniques to help overcome barriers to sexual enjoyment.

Soothing the Vaginal Irritation

Irritated vaginal tissue can become very sore and even itchy. Apart form the comfort factor, healing and soothing your irritated vaginal tissue is important because raw, irritated vaginal tissue provides the perfect environment for pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes to grow.

A Cream to Relieve Vaginal Irritation

A new product that has been developed especially to soothe and heal irritated vaginal tissue, "LadySoothe" is 99% natural and contains tea tree oil – a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. The inclusion of tea tree oil in the formulation helps to disinfect the vagina and labia, helping to prevent opportunistic infections from occurring in the raw and irritated areas. LadySoothe is safe to use both inside and outside the vagina to relieve the symptoms of vaginal irritation – the itching, soreness and discomfort. LadySoothe has been created for women by women especially for this embarrassing women's problem.

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