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Is sex painful for women?

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It shouldn't be. But many women are too embarrassed to say anything when sex hurts. If that's you, set up a visit to your gynecologist. Make it separate from your regular exam. That gives you time to explain your concerns and figure out possible causes.

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Jennifer Ashton, MD, ob-gyn and author of Avery Trade, 2009. The Body Scoop for Girls,

Lissa Rankin, MD, ob-gyn and author of St. Martin's Griffin, 2010. What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend,

KidsHealth.org.

Planned Parenthood.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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