Dyspareunia is a troubling condition characterized by difficult or painful sexual intercourse. The pain is experienced in the genital area and may occur during intercourse, foreplay, or attempted intercourse. The pain may be mild in nature or severe, and may even change in severity with different positions. The pain may occur at any point during the sex act.
Before I suggest any remedy, it is very important to understand that painful intercourse occurs due to a number of possible underlining reasons. In order to get complete relief, the cause of the condition must be identified and treated accordingly.
Some conditions in which painful intercourse occurs are:
– Vaginitis, Cervicitis, Vulval Infection
– Vaginal Septum, Narrow Introitus, Tough, imperforated hymen
– Dryness & thinness of the vaginal walls (Usually in menopause)
– Hemorrhoids, Urethral bruising, Perineal Scar
– Allergic reactions to contraceptives, condoms, etc
– Intercourse too soon after child birth
– STDs such as Herpes, HPV, PID, etc
– Tumors, Fibroids
– Sexual Abuse, Rape, etc
* Some Medications may also result in painful intercourse.
Certain Psychological factors can also result in painful intercourse:
– Lack of sexual arousal (causes poor lubrication of vaginal canal)
– Anxiety, Fatigue, Fear of getting pregnant
– Lack of experience, etc
In order to properly, effectively, and completely rid yourself of pain, the specific cause must be addressed. However, there are certain “general measures” given in Ayurveda and natural medicine, that can be taken.
1. Coconut Oil
Not only is it an effective lubricant, but it also possesses anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, ulcer healing properties. It is used in Ayurvedic Medicine as a lubricant and as a douche. Coconut oil is considered a “functional food”, due to the fact that its both nourishing and healing. Coconut oil can also be eaten to help in this condition, however, it must be gradually introduced as it may cause some gastric discomfort in some people, if consumed in a large amount. I recommend my patients to start with 1/4 teaspoon a day and slowly inscrease up to a tablespoon (over the course of 2 weeks).
– In the case of dryness, coconut oil can be used as a lubricant.
– In the case of fungal infection, coconut oil can be used as a douche.
– In the case of of perineal scars, or bruises, coconut can be applied and left over night.
2. Sitz bath
Or better yet a “hip bath” is quite effective in relieving pain and improving circulation to the reproductive organs. Make sure the water is warm. Sit in the tub for at least 20 minutes in the morning if possible. (Do not continue this for long periods)
– This helps to relax the reproductive organs and promote proper circulation to the area. It may help with dryness, bruising and hemorrhoids.
Chamomile tea is very effective in relieving pain in this area, as is fennel tea. Chamomile tea is also used as a douche, and is considered by many women to be quite helpful not only for pain but also for yeast infections. Chamomile is also known, and proven with research, to be a powerful anti-inflammatory. Consumption of chamomile tea will also help to ease mental tension and anxiety. (Do not consume this long term)
– In the case of atrophic vaginitis, washing the vagina with chamomile tea or decoction, or even douching can be effective
– In the case of anxiety, drinking Chamomile tea can help relax you and calm your nerves
Massaging is always helpful, however, when combined with a potent, pain relieving oil. it is much more effective. Massage the pelvic area with Sesame oil or a medicated oil known as “Bala taila“, to effectively reduce pain. Bala Taila oil, which is basically Sesame oil in which the medicinal herb known as “Bala” has been processed, is extremely beneficial problems related to both pain, and the reproductive system.
Bala, also known as Sida Cordifolia, is a powerful herb that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic Medicine for treating problems related to pain, anxiety, emaciation, degenerative disorders, sexual disorders and many other conditions. This medicated oil can be bought from any Ayurvedic Herb Supplier.
5. Herbs for rejuvenating the reproductive system:
– Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosa)
– Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
– Mucuna Pruriens
– Bala (Sida Cordifolia)
– Licorice Root
– Shilajit (Mineral Pitch)
– Amla (Embelica Officinalis)
– Dashamoola (Ten Roots)
– Aloe Vera and many others.
These herbs are adaptogens and anti-aging agents. They help promote healthy reproductive function and improve fertility. Shatavari, for example, has been used as a rejuvenator for the female reproductive system for thousands of years. There are tons of studies and research backing this herb. The name itself, Shatavari, means “one hundred husbands”, implying that this herb can give a women intense sexual desire and capacity to perform. Adding to that, it rejuvenates and restores the female reproductive system to a healthy state by improving the formation and release of hormones and improving sexual desire.
Talk to an Ayurvedic Doctor, to find out more about which medicinal herb is right for you. Always remember, that just like western medicines, herbs can be very dangerous if not used correctly.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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