Sex should never be painful. If it is, you don't need to live with it. For young women, involuntary muscle contractions, infections and dryness from hormonal contraceptives are the most common causes of pain during penetration or intercourse. Other causes include chronic pain and congenital anomalies.

Sex should be a pleasurable experience, if its not, intimate training self-care can help.

Pain at entry

There are many reasons young women can experience painful penetration. Some common conditions that can be at the root of the problem for women in late teens to early thirties include:

Vaginismus: The muscles at the opening of the vagina contract and become tight, causing burning or stinging pain as an involuntary response to penetration. The contractions can make it very painful to insert a tampon, make it impossible to have sexual intercourse or even undergo a gynaecological examination.

Pelvic floor dysfunction: The pelvic floor muscles—the ones you tighten when you want to stop passing urine quickly—can become painfully tight. This can cause pain with any kind of insertion.

Vaginal Infections: Bacterial, yeast, or sexually transmitted infections can cause pain during sex and usually have other symptoms, like discharge or odor. Watch out for any symptoms or abnormality and in case you feel there is something wrong, book an appointment with your gynecologist.

Hormonal birth control: Hormonal birth control pills can cause fluctuations in hormones and an imbalance of your estrogen/progesterone ratio that mimic the second half of the menstrual cycle, which is a progesterone-dominant, low-estrogen state. When your estrogen levels drop the tissue in the vagina becomes dry and sex becomes painful.

Vulvodynia: Chronic pain at the opening of the vagina, including burning, stinging, soreness, itching, rawness, and pain during sex.

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a disease in which(the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus or womb is present outside of the uterus. Endometriosis most commonly occurs in the lower abdomen or pelvis. This causes inflammation, which also can lead to painful sex.

Congenital anomalies: Most congenital anomalies of the vagina are rare, they can include a thick hymen, a septal membrane, or a vaginal septum that that blocks the vaginal opening or makes penetration painful.

Intimate training, self-care

Aquafit PRÉ Intimate Gel Stick enables pelvic and vaginal muscle training to help you relax and control involuntary spasms and contractions overcoming the fear-of-pain cycle.

Aquafit PRÉ is an all natural, water-based Intimate Gel Stick with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and lactic acid to relieve dryness, soothe sensitive tissue and balance healthy vaginal pH to protect against infections that can cause discomfort and pain.

Relax & regain control

Painful penetration for young women is very treatable with self-care. Intimate training takes 5-7 minutes, every other day or as needed.

Every women is different. Aquafit Intimate Gel Sticks adapt to your individual anatomy and are self lubricating for pain free intimate training.

It is important that you go at your own pace. It is normal for intimate training to take weeks or even months for young women to gain muscle control and sexual wellness.

100% Pure Intimacy

Aquafit Intimate Gel Sticks are formulated from water and 100% natural plant extracts to give the most natural feeling possible. No parabens, no hormones, no fragrance, no color, no irritants.

Uniquely designed for the vaginal environment Aquafit Intimate Gel Sticks are iso-osmolar ensuring non-toxicity for vaginal tissues so you can enjoy our products without having to worry about synthetic additives, chemicals or animal testing.

Always consult a health care professional if you are experiencing new or worsening vaginal pain, bleeding, or discharge following intercourse.

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