Sex should never be painful. If it is, intimate training self-care can help.

For young women, involuntary muscle contractions (vaginismus), vaginal infections and dryness from hormonal contraceptives are the most common causes of vaginal discomfort and painful sex.

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2 in 5 young women will experience vaginal discomfort and painful penetration. You are not alone.

Some common conditions that can be at the root of the problem for young women are:

Vaginismus: Sex can be many things - fun, spontaneous, exciting, and relaxing, but for some people, sex is a source of fear and anxiety and vaginal tightening. Vaginismus is a psychological-physical problem that causes the muscles of the pelvic floor to contract and spasm. Involuntary muscle contractions at the opening of the vagina cause burning / stinging pain in response to attempted penetration. The tightening of vaginal muscles can make it painful to insert a tampon, during sex, or during a gynecologic exam.

Vaginal Infections: Vaginal infections (vaginitis) are an inflammation of the vagina caused by an imbalance of bacteria that normally live in the vagina and pathogen overgrowth. This imbalance in vaginal microbiome is called Batcerial Vaginosis. Symptoms include irritation, itchiness, burning, abnormal discharge or odor and painful sex.

Vaginal infections (including Yeast and bacterial infections) occur when the naturally protective Lactobacilli (healthy bacteria) and the acidic vaginal environment changes too dramatically. For example, with dips in estrogen during your menstrual cycle, use of hormonal contraceptives, medications, soaps, unprotected sex, among others.

Hormonal contraceptives: Prolonged use of high-estrogen contraceptives ('the pill') can cause an imbalance of your estrogen/progesterone levels that mimic the second half of the menstrual cycle, which is a low-estrogen state. When vaginal estrogen levels drop your vaginal tissue becomes dry, you are more prone to infections and sex can become painful.

Volvodynia: Vulvodynia (and Vulvar Vestibulitis) is a persistent, unexplained chronic pain in the vulva. The vulva is the female genital area including the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina. Symptoms include burning, stinging, soreness, itching, rawness at the vaginal opening (Vestibulitis) and pain during sex.

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus migrates to the lower abdomen, pelvis or vagina. This causes inflammation during menstrual cycles with shifts in estrogen, which lead to vaginal pain. Hormonal therapies for endometriosis that control estrogen to prevent tissue flare-ups, can cause vaginal dryness and painful sex.

Intimate training, self-care

Intimate training with Aquafit Intimate Gel Stick® lets you regain control over involuntary vaginal muscle spasms and contractions to overcome the fear-of-painful penetration cycle.

Aquafit Intimate Gel Stick® combines dilation therapy to relax vaginal tonus, with the release of hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and lactic acid to relieve vaginal dryness, soothe sensitive tissue and balance healthy vaginal acidity to protect against infections that can cause vaginal discomfort and pain.

Release the fear

Vaginismus and vaginal tightness can be painful and upsetting, but it is very treatable. With intimate training you can gain control and release the fear of vaginal penetration.

Intimate training takes 3-5 minutes daily or as needed. Try it in bed or in the shower!

Every woman is different. It is important that you go at your own pace. It is normal for intimate training to take weeks or months to enjoy pain free intimacy.

100% Pure Intimacy

Our family of Intimate Gel Sticks® are formulated from water and 100% natural plant extracts. No hormones, no fragrance, no irritants.

Aquafit Intimate Gel Stick® is designed for the vaginal environment, with physicochemical properties that mimic vaginal tissue. 

What Intimate Gel Stick do I need?

Aquafit PRÉ with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3 is recommended for intimate training for relief of vaginismus, vaginal dryness and pain, and painful sex.

Always consult a health care professional if you are experiencing new or worsening vaginal pain.

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