Ask questions. Empower yourself to make informed decisions about your body and your health. At Generation Next Fertility, we encourage our patients to ask our providers any questions that they may have about sex. Information is power. Check out Dr. Janelle Luk’s interview with Huffington Post on cramping after sex.
Sex … A Taboo Topic?
For years, talk about sex has been considered taboo in polite company. And, sadly, this has created an environment of misleading information that can leave people confused … or even worse. In recent years, the stigma has been changing. Many women, particularly those from younger generations, are increasingly willing to talk to their friends about sex-related questions. The Internet has also given people more information —although it is important to caution that not all information is equally reliable.
Within this hushy environment, it is not surprising that many still have questions. One such question for women is if abdominal cramping after sex something that is normal or if it is something to be concerned about. The Huffington Post reached out to Generation Next’s Dr. Luk to explore this question.
Abdominal Cramping and Sex
Medical professionals believe that there are countless reasons why a woman may experience post-intercourse cramping. Some of these reasons are innocuous, whereas others may be more concerning. On the innocuous end of the spectrum, post-sex cramping may simply be a response to an orgasm, especially a particularly strong one. Your uterus and abdomen may continue to contract for a period of time after an orgasm. Similarly, your body may be reacting to your partner’s sperm. Sperm contains prostaglandin, a lipid that has been shown to cause cramping and uterine contractions in at least some women.
There are other more serious reasons why cramping occurs. For example, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids (endometriosis) may cause some cramping and pain post-intercourse. An ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening, may also cause these symptoms.
The reasons highlighted above are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many other reasons to explain abdominal cramping after sex.
What Should You Do?
For most women, the cause behind post-intercourse cramping is not dangerous. These women may be able to treat their symptoms themselves with a combination of over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol, and a warm bath and/or heating pads.
However, in some cases, the cramping and its cause may be more severe. For these women, it is important to seek medical advice from a qualified medical professional. At Generation Next Fertility, post-intercourse abdominal cramping is a problem we are uniquely familiar with. We can quickly diagnose it and offer recommendations on how to improve the patient’s quality of life. If questions remain about the source of the cramping, we recommend necessary follow-up, including various diagnostic tests. Talks about cramps and sex are not taboo within our walls.
At Generation Next Fertility, we pride ourselves on being open-minded and battling stigma. Openness, transparency and positivity define our relationship with our clients. These traits are propagated by our physicians such as Dr. Luk, who effortlessly creates safe spaces for anyone with questions about reproductive health and fertility. Once a problem is understood, Generation Next provides truly personal and quality treatment to ensure our patients are satisfied with their care. So, if questions about fertility and sex haunt you and you want an expert answer, come on down to Generation Next!