At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 193

SLUG SLUG ▲

Why does

SEX HURT?

IT SHOULD BE
A WONDERFUL
EXPERIENCE, BUT
FOR MANY WOMEN
IT'S MORE PAIN
THAN PLEASURE

WORDS: DAWN LATON, IMAGES: SHUTTERSTOCK

S

ex is one of life's pleasures.
It's fun, free and a great way
to establish an intimate
bond with someone special.
But what if it's not like that
for you? There are several reasons why
sex may be difficult, so it's important
not to suffer in silence.
Dr Christian says: 'Vaginal pain is
usually the result of infection, with
thrush a common cause. Fibroids,
sexually transmitted infections,
endometriosis, and psychological
issues are also common reasons
why sex could be bothersome.'

DRY VAGINA

The vagina produces moisture to keep
it supple. The lubrication also acts as
a cleaning mechanism. This moisture
normally increases during sex, but if
it doesn't, sex can be uncomfortable
or even impossible.
Vaginal dryness can be a problem
during the menopause owing to a
reduction in oestrogen levels, which
makes the vaginal tissues thinner

DR
CHRISTIAN
SAYS
'One isolated
episode of
pain during
sex wouldn't
usually be
something to
worry about,
but if it keeps
happening
or there is
bleeding or
discharge, get
it checked
out at a
genitourinary
medicine
(GUM) centre
or family
planning clinic.'

and dryer. Medication and emotional
issues can also contribute to this.
Over-the-counter vaginal moisturisers
help to increase moisture levels, while
lubricants can make sex much
more comfortable.
If there are other symptoms, such
as hot flushes and difficulty sleeping,
it may be a sign of the menopause.

itching. If the soreness or itching is
an allergic reaction, the chemist
can advise on antihistamines.
However, if self-help measures don't
help, or symptoms get worse, your GP
can arrange further investigations.

PAIN WITH
PENETRATION

This is known as dyspareunia and
there are dozens of possible causes,
including vaginismus (spasm of the
vaginal muscles, making sex painful
This can be caused by an infection,
or impossible), pelvic inflammatory
such as thrush or trichomoniasis, the
disease, endometriosis, fibroids,
menopause, a skin condition such
infection or injury.
as psoriasis or dermatitis, or a
Psychological issues
health condition, for
can also make sex
example diabetes. It
painful. Relaxation
may also be caused by
A COMMON CAUSE OF
techniques before
an irritant or allergic
A DRY AND PAINFUL
penetration may
reaction to certain
VAGINA IS LACK OF
help psychologically
foods or products,
AROUSAL. PLENTY
and physically.
often soaps and
OF FOREPLAY IS KEY,
It can also help to
detergents.
ESPECIALLY AS YOU
take penetrative sex
If there is no
GET OLDER.
off the menu for a while
infection or underlying
and focus on massage,
illness, look after your vagina
stroking and kissing instead.
by using unperfumed products
Devices such as vaginal dilators are
and gentle, non-bio washing
useful, too. They come in a variety of
detergents, wearing cotton underwear,
graduated sizes, which help women
wiping from front to back after using
to gain gradual control until they are
the toilet, and changing tampons or
ready for natural penetration.
towels regularly during your period.
If pain is recurrent, a GP visit may
Over-the-counter mild steroid cream,
be necessary. A diary of how often and
with 0.1% hydrocortisone, can be used
where pain occurs might be useful.
for up to seven days to help relieve

SORENESS AND
ITCHING

Dry vagina

www.athomemagazine.co.uk FEBRUARY 2018 | 193



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of At Home with Chris Jessen 2018

At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 1
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 2
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 3
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 4
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 5
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 6
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 7
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 8
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 9
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 10
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 11
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 12
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 13
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 14
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 15
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 16
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 17
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 18
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 19
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 20
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 21
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 22
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 23
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 24
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 25
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 26
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 27
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 28
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 29
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 30
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 31
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 32
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 33
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 34
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 35
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 36
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 37
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 38
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 39
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 40
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 41
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 42
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 43
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 44
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 45
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 46
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 47
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 48
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 49
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 50
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 51
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 52
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 53
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 54
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 55
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 56
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 57
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 58
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 59
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 60
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 61
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 62
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 63
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 64
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 65
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 66
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 67
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 68
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 69
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 70
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 71
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 72
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 73
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 74
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 75
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 76
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 77
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 78
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 79
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 80
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 81
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 82
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 83
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 84
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 85
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 86
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 87
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 88
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 89
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 90
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 91
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 92
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 93
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 94
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 95
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 96
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 97
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 98
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 99
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 100
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 101
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 102
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 103
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 104
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 105
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 106
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 107
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 108
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 109
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 110
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 111
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 112
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 113
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 114
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 115
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 116
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 117
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 118
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 119
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 120
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 121
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 122
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 123
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 124
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 125
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 126
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 127
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 128
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 129
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 130
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 131
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 132
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 133
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 134
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 135
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 136
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 137
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 138
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 139
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 140
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 141
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 142
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 143
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 144
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 145
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 146
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 147
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 148
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 149
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 150
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 151
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 152
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 153
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 154
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 155
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 156
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 157
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 158
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 159
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 160
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 161
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 162
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 163
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 164
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 165
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 166
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 167
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 168
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 169
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 170
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 171
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 172
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 173
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 174
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 175
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 176
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 177
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 178
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 179
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 180
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 181
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 182
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 183
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 184
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 185
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 186
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 187
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 188
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 189
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 190
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 191
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 192
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 193
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 194
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 195
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 196
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 197
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 198
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 199
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 200
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 201
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 202
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 203
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 204
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 205
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 206
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 207
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 208
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 209
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 210
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 211
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 212
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 213
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 214
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 215
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 216
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 217
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 218
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 219
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 220
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 221
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 222
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 223
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 224
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 225
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 226
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 227
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 228
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 229
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 230
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 231
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 232
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 233
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 234
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 235
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 236
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 237
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 238
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 239
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 240
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 241
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 242
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 243
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 244
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 245
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 246
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 247
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 248
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 249
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 250
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 251
At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 252
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomewithchrisjessen2018
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomewithsarahbeenyautumn2017
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomewithlorrainekelly2017
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomeparentingwithJoFrost2017
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/SarahBeenySpring2017
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AskTheDoctorWithDrJessenFebruary2017
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithTessDaly2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/Careers/YourBusinessWithJamesCaan2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithGloriaHunnifordOctober2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithSarahBeenyAutumn2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithLorraineKelly2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithJoFrostJune2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithSarahBeenySpring2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeWithDrChristianJessen2016
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AthomeWithTessDaly2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/YourBusinessWithJamesCaanAutumn2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AthomeWithSarahBeeny2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AthomeWithGloriaHunniford2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHomeLorraineKelly2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/JoFrost15
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/SarahBennyMay2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/OrthopaedicSupplementMarch2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/DrChristianJessenFeb2015
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomewithtessdaly
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/jobsandcareers2014
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/yourbusinesswithjamescaan
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomewithsarahbeeny
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/parentingjofrost
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/drchristianjessen
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/Athomelorrainekelly
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/Athomesarahbeeny
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/Cheers_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Christmas_New_year_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Exclusive_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Jo_Frost_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Carol_Vorderman_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Christian_Jessen_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Sarah_Beeny_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Lorraine_Kelly_2013
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_James_Martin_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Jo_Frost_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Dr_Chris_Steele_Sept_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Sally_Gunnell_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Sarah_Beeny_Aug_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Lorraine-Kelly_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Christian_Jessen_2012
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_James_Martin_2011
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Sarah_beeny_winter_2011
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/Lorraine_Kelly_Nov_2011
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/At_Home_Marco_Pierre_White_2011
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/AtHome/Jo_Frost_July_2011
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/Lorraine_Kelly_June_2011/Lorraine_Kelly_June_2011
http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/Sarah_Beeny_May_2011
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com