What It Means If Your Body Aches After Sex

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What it Means If Your Body Aches After Sex
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We've all been there. You just had amazing sex and you're cuddling with your partner, when you start to feel cramps or pain you haven't felt before. It takes the mood right out from under you and you find yourself on Google desperately wondering what it could be.

One common thing we all forget is a huge factor in our lives and will always come into play? Water. Stay hydrated during the day so when night comes, you're not left feeling sick or having body aches. Staying hydrated fuels your muscles and relieves a lot of tension in your body, and it can prevent a lot of the issues listed below.

We chatted with doctors and health experts to bring you a list of the common causes of feeling sore after sex. Of course, consult with your doctor about any pains going on in your body, but don't let yourself panic!


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1. Your pelvic floor needs a workout.

While your my mind may jump to some scary conclusions, let's be rational for a second. Sometimes if you're sore after intercourse, it's just plain ol' muscle cramps. If you have a weak pelvic floor, this could leave you with some discomfort during and after sex.

You can exercise these muscles by tightening and then releasing 10-15 times.

2. You're putting too much strain on your back.

If your back is causing problems after sex, it may be time to reconsider some positions in bed and maybe pay a little more attention to core and upper body workouts at the gym. According to Floyd N. Keller Jr., the National Director of the Pan American Sports Federation, back pain can be caused by a number of different positions during sex:

"Keep in mind some positions like the woman on top can put stress on your lower back. Although you may feel you are not expending too much energy in this position, depending on the weight of your mate, you can be pushed deeper into the mattress and your lower back muscles will try to compensate trying to lift your hips up to balance you out.

Now, depending on how adventurous you and your partner are with positions, having sex while standing and carrying your partner (picture piggyback ride but the passenger is in the front) can also put a heavy demand on your lower back. Both these positions will limit you to primarily hip movements involving the lower back, whereas some positions allow for more of your body to be included in on the motion (think missionary or doggie)," Keller said in an interview.

Keller advises to strengthen your core and lower abdominal muscles to help combat pain in these areas.

3. You may be dry down there.

According to Samantha Morrison, a health and wellness expert at Glacier Wellness, she suggests women be more aware of vaginal dryness.

"While it is most commonly associated with aging women due to decreased estrogen production, vaginal dryness can happen to anyone suffering from dehydration. Besides for causing flaky skin, itchiness, and infections, vaginal dryness can severely hamper any sexual pleasure and lead to post-coital bleeding. Fortunately, a dry vagina can easily be solved by increasing foreplay or by incorporating sexual lubricants," Morrison advises.

4. But it could also be an indication of something serious.

Multiple Sclerosis is an immune disorder in which the protective covering of your nerves gets eaten away. Morrison explains, "Because sexual arousal begins in the central nervous system (CNS), multiple sclerosis can play a major role in one's sex life. In addition to altering mood and energy levels, MS often causes impaired sexual sensitivity or painful intercourse. In fact, studies show that nearly 7 out of 10 women with multiple sclerosis experience vaginal dryness."


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5. It may all be in your head.

Dr. Deepali Raina, an online gynecologist for icliniq.com, weighed in on the symptom of pain during sex.

"Pain after sexual intercourse may happen in conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, severe endometriosis, or vaginismus. Some women may have a septated vagina which may lead to pain. Prolapse of the uterus or urinary bladder may also give rise to pain or vague discomfort after intercourse," she says. 

But she also advises that while all of these could be viable options as to why you're hurting, it could just be down right psychological. According to her, "Too much of physical labor leading to excessive sweating during sex may cause muscle pains due to dehydration. Women may experience pain in hip or knee joint due to prolonged flexion at these joints in various sex positions."

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6. Things got a little too intense.

Lindsay van Clief, a certified sex educator, says that sometimes we don't always realize how intense things can get in the moment.

"Our bodies' pain tolerance is increased during sex by endorphins which are released from the physical activity and excitement you are experiencing. This is the biochemical excuse for being 'swept away in the moment'. You may over stretch or over exert yourselfand not realize 100 percent the effects of your body. It might not be until after or even the next day that you understand how it affected the body."

7. You're dehydrated.

van Clief also can't say enough about the importance of water and the affect it has on your muscles. Her point? Drink more water!

"One of the leading causes of muscle aches is dehydration. Make sure you are hydrated before and after sex to help your body take care of itself. Particularly if you have been out drinking and dancing, you need water to support all the sweat, and fluids that leave the body during sex (as well as keeping your body normally hydrated)," she warns.


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