7 Vaginal problems that can ruin your sex life

There's nothing worse than not feeling good down there and still wanting to get frisky. As blunt as that might sound, the truth is vaginal problems can definitely get in the way of a healthy sex life.

I'm not talking about a heavy period girl. I'm talking infections and disorders that can cause itchiness, burning and pain during intercourse like a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis (BV) or vulvodynia!

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Problems down there don't just mess with your sex life, but they can also affect your confidence and emotional state. That's why it's important to know what exactly the problem is so that your doctor can provide you with an effective treatment plan. Having issues down there? Don't suffer in silence, here are some of the most commonly diagnosed vaginal health problems you need to know about!

1. A yeast infection: If you're a woman in her reproductive years or older, you've most likely experienced at least one yeast infection in your lifetime. And if you have, you know that they totally suck. Itching, burning and a white, clumpy cottage-cheese like texture are some of the main symptoms associate with a yeast infection. But it also makes sex incredibly painful. The good news is most yeast infections are easily treated with over-the-counter creams. But if you noticed after a few days it still hasn't gone away, contact your gyno.

2. Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): BV is actually a lot more common than women think. It's basically a vaginal imbalance caused by bacteria. Symptoms usually consist of a thin, grayish-white discharge, a foul fishy odor and painful sex. This can be easily treated with prescribed antibiotics, but don't wait too long to contact your doctor. Bacterial vaginosis that's not treated on time can cause pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to infertility.

3. Vaginal dryness: Vaginal dryness tends to be more associated with women in their pre-menopausal years, but the truth is it can effect anyone especially women who take oral contraceptives. The lack of lubrication can make sexual intercourse extremely painful. You can try using a water-base, non-irritant lube but if the problem  continues talk to your doctor about other options.

4. Dyspareunia: Dyspareunia is a condition that causes frequent and constant pain during intercourse. One-fifth of women suffer from this and unfortunately doctors still don't really know what causes it. It can be due to low levels of natural lubrication or it can be hormonal. Luckily, there are options out there to help minimize the pain and discomfort such as estrogen creams that need to be prescribed by your gynecologist.

5. Endometriosis: Endometriosis isn't exactly a vaginal disorder but it can cause a lot of pain during sex. It's actually a condition that causes tissue to grow outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body. They are usually found in ovaries, fallopian tubes and in the outer surfaces of the uterus. Women with endometriosis also tend to be more prone to vaginal infections such as a yeast infection. But there are ways to regulate it, birth control being one.

6. Vulvodynia: Is a strange condition that causes chronic pain (and even burning) in the vulvar area of the vagina. Some women experience worse pain then others and there still isn't an exact cure. However, there are treatments your doctor can suggest that will make your quality of life and sex life a lot more satisfying.

7. STDs: Most STDs such as Chlamydia, herpes, genital warts and even the HPV virus (that can lead to cervical cancer) can make sex painful for women. It's important to get yourself checked out in order to rule out this possibility.

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