Sex and Health

Here’s a scenario for you, regarding heterosexual sex. You may know someone who is in this situation.

Sexual activity is tapering off. The female feels pain during intercourse, that she may or may not articulate to her partner. There might be traces of bleeding, which both partners ignore. They don’t talk about it, but they become more testy with each other. Maybe the female thinks the male is “being too rough” or isn’t maintaining adequate hygiene. The male is just ticked and doesn’t understand the problem. Nobody thinks to consult a doctor.

Endometriosis affects an estimated 11% of premenopausal women in the US. The figure could be higher; we simply don’t know the number of unreported cases.

What is endometriosis? Tissue that normally lines the ovaries appears outside the overies often with lesions that appear in the walls of the vagina or other genital areas.(1) It’s something that Medscape believes every physician should understand, although the need to publish a refresher on the topic suggests that may not be true.(2)

There are a range of treatments for endometriosis, from diet change to surgery, depending on the severity of the disease. The point is: if something weird is going on, don’t suffer in silence and risk damaging your relationship. Talk to each other and to a doctor.

We can make similar comments for guys concerning erectile dysfunction (ED). Yes, the failure to get an erection could be due to lack of desire, but probably more often, it’s a symptom of another issue such as heart disease or low testosterone. Again, you need to communicate with your partner and a doctor, not just try to take a pill.



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