Magazine 11 May 2024

What is happening if you experience burning after intercourse without a condom

My dearest friend,

Today we address a very important and common issue for us women. You have probably experienced some burning after having intercourse without a condom at least once, and now you are wondering:

  1. what it depends on;
  2. How to solve it.

Fear not, in this article we will review all the most common causes and possible solutions.

Are you ready?

Let’s start right away. 💪🏻

Burning after sex? Here are the most common causes affecting 9 out of 10 women

#1 Lubrificazione insufficiente

Insufficient natural lubrication can increase skin irritation and sensitivity, and this can be a cause of burning.

Sometimes, medications taken may be responsible for dryness, such as antihistamines, decongestants, and diuretics.

Other times, theabsence of foreplay or a lack of mental well-being before sex can lead to insufficient lubrication.

In other words, if you are not relaxed and calm you are unlikely to experience pleasure during intercourse.

The solution?

If possible, talk with your partner to figure out together how you can work to make sex more comfortable and less characterized by discomfort such as burning.

You can also try water-based lubricants: they should not affect condom use (assuming you decide to use them) and can improve overall sexual pleasure.

#2 Stimolazione o rapporto sessuale violento

Vigorous stimulation or penetration can create excessive friction and cause unwanted burning.

It is important that you both agree on the activities you are trying and the overall pace.

Again, dialogue is the best solution. Establish‘safe words‘ that you can use when you are no longer comfortable and figure out what rhythms you prefer.

Talking to your partner about how you feel is the only way to avoid further irritation and discomfort.

#3 Reazione allergica ai prodotti usati durante il sesso

While some people can use condoms, lubricants, and toys without any problems, others may find that they are very sensitive to these products.

This can cause redness, swelling, and irritation that make sex painful.

The problem?

Unfortunately, it is difficult to know what will cause an allergic reaction until after the fact.

However, if it has happened to you once, it is likely to happen again: so to prevent it from happening again, get rid of any products or sex toys that you think may have caused these symptoms.

#4 Reazione allergica allo sperma

It is possible to be allergic to your partner’s sperm because of certain naturally occurring proteins.

In addition to burning, redness, swelling, hives and itching may occur.

Symptoms can appear at any point that came in contact with sperm, including:

  • hands;
  • mouth;
  • chest;
  • vaginal canal or labia;
  • ano.

Most of these symptoms begin within 10-30 minutes of exposure, and can last from several hours to several days.

What to do in such cases?

It is possible to have an encounter with one partner without experiencing any symptoms and experience an allergic reaction with another; therefore, it is advisable to consult a physician if necessary to get a clearer picture of the situation.

Read also: Tachipirin and cystitis in the absence of fever: this what you need to know

#5 Infezione sessualmente trasmissibile (IST)

Some STIs can cause pain and burning during sexual intercourse, such as:

  • Chlamydia;
  • herpes;
  • trichomoniasis.

Sometimes, pain during or after intercourse may be the only symptom present.

At other times, however, the following symptoms may occur:

👉🏻prurito or swelling in the affected area;
👉🏻vesciche, bumps or sores on the vagina or anus;
👉🏻sanguinamento unusual from the vagina or anus;
👉🏻perdite unusual, probably yellow, green or gray in color;
👉🏻dolore lower abdomen.

Chlamydia and trichomoniasis are both treatable with prescription antibiotics.

There is, however, no cure for herpes, but prescription medication can help reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.

#6 Infezione delle vie urinarie (IVU)

A urinary tract infection can not only impair the ability to pee, but also cause irritation and pain during sexual intercourse.

This condition occurs when excess bacteria accumulate in the urinary tract, causing inflammation.

Symptoms may be:

  • Burning during urination;
  • cloudy urine;
  • Red, pink or dark urine;
  • Unpleasant or strong smelling urine;
  • Pelvic pain, especially around the pubic bone.

UTIs can also be treated with prescription antibiotics.

#7 Uretrite

Urethritis is a bacterial or viary infection of the urethra, or the long, thin tube that carries urine from the bladder to the opening from which pee comes out.

The symptoms are very similar to those of cystitis, which is precisely why they are often confused with each other.

#8 Cistite interstiziale

Interstitial cystitis is a condition that causes pain in the bladder and pelvis and can make sexual intercourse painful and uncomfortable.

This condition can look a lot like that of an intrauterine infection, but it does not cause fever or other symptoms of infection.

It usually manifests itself through:

  • Pelvic pain, especially between the vagina and anus;
  • Frequent need to urinate, (up to 60 times in a single day);
  • Pain during sex;
  • Discomfort and pain when the bladder fills;
  • Accidental leakage of urine (incontinence).

In this guide I explain which are the best remedies for interstitial cystitis.

In any case, I also recommend you take a look at our Dimann Daily, which contributes to bladder and urinary tract tissue repair.

If you have other doubts and want a direct discussion about your intimate burning problem, know that you can write to me at any time, I am here to help you.

I hug you from here,


Read also: Why there is (really) no immediate cure for cystitis

Today’s topic was about…

  • If you experience (or have experienced) burning after intercourse without a condom, it is critical to understand what causes it.
  • If it is low lubrication or too aggressive intercourse, try to open a dialogue with your partner.
  • In case of infection or allergic reaction, best to consult a specialist to decide whether to start antibiotic treatment.
  • If, on the other hand, you suspect cystitis, you can see your gynecologist, take a urine test or write to us, we are always here to help you.

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