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Can using lubricant during sex help minimize friction and discomfort?


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Published At April 20, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Is pain during sex after an abortion normal? I had an abortion about a week ago, and my boyfriend and I attempted to have intercourse, but I experienced some stomach pain during it. I am just wondering if it is normal to experience this. I took a painkiller too. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I am very sorry to hear about your medical condition. Do not worry; I am here to take care of you.

It is common to experience some discomfort or pain during sex after an abortion, especially during the first few weeks after the procedure. This is because the cervix may still be healing and sensitive, and penetration can cause irritation or discomfort. After an abortion, your body goes through a process of healing and recovery, and it may take several weeks for your cervix to fully heal. During this time, it is essential to listen to your body and avoid any activities that cause pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing significant pain during sex after your abortion, it is a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider. They can provide you with personalized advice on when it is safe to resume sexual activity and any precautions you should take to help minimize discomfort.

In the meantime, you may find it helpful to use lubricant during sex to help minimize friction and discomfort. You may also want to consider using condoms to help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and prevent pregnancy until your menstrual cycle has returned to normal. Remember that everyone's healing process is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. It is essential to communicate openly and honestly with your healthcare provider about any concerns or questions you may have along the way.

Thank you for using icliniq, and have a nice day.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

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