Officially known as dysorgasmia, painful orgasms are something someone of any anatomy can experience. This includes physical, emotional, mental, and psychological factors — sometimes a combination of two or more. For example, as Angela Jones , OB-GYN and resident sexual health advisor at astroglide explains, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is one of the main causes of painful orgasms. So while pelvic floor dysfunction is a real physical experience, sometimes the original cause of dysorgasmia is a history of chronic stress, or emotional or sexual trauma. If someone grew up in a sex-negative household or community, pain with orgasm could also be linked to internalized shame around:. Hey, vulva owners!
Neural Control and Physiology of Sexual Function: Effect of Spinal Cord Injury
Painful ejaculation: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Ask Anna is a sex column. Because of the nature of the topic, some columns contain language some readers may find graphic. First, a short PSA: Non-kinky sex isn't ever supposed to be painful. Not the first time, not the 50th time! Not ever. There's a really pervasive and dangerous narrative that pain is just "part of sex" for women, especially when they are first learning how to get it on.
Orgasmic dysfunction in women
On my washing machine, there is a lock. To activate it, you must hold down the start button for a particular length of time at just the right intensity; too soft and nothing happens, too hard and the machine beeps angrily at you. Finally, an entangled heap of damp but refreshed clothes tumbles out at the other end. Consider now the female orgasm.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Objective: To present the current understanding of normal anatomy, physiology, sexual physiology, pathophysiology and the consequential sexual changes and dysfunctions following a spinal cord injury SCI. Methods: Narrative review of the latest literature.