If you experience pain during sex, you are not alone. Almost 75% of women experience pain during or right after sex at some point in their lives, and 20% of women experience pain all the time. If that’s you know one thing: you are not alone and there are tools to help.
We’re sharing some products and services that can be used anywhere, anytime without a prescription.
Disclaimer: If you experience any type of pain during sex, whether insertive or foreplay, you should talk to a healthcare professional, such as a gynecologist, nurse practioner, sexual pain specialist, or a clincial sexologist. They can help you rule out gynecologic conditions that may be causing your pain, or refer you to the appropriate healthcare provider to address your specific need. You can reach out to your healthcare provider, take a class on the Hela Health platform to learn more about the types of providers, or find a provider through the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.
Now, onto the good stuff:
Joylux HER Intimate Care Essentials Set
Joylux’s HER Intimate Care™is a line of premium products that can help with vaginal dryness, internal and external lubrication, and itching, irritation and odor. They are completely clean-free of parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oils, phthalates, petrochemicals, PEG, and synthetic fragrance, dyes, and alcohol with a pH of 4.5 to 5. While these products are specifically formulated for your V, they are genuinely safe and luxurious to use from head to toe.
Desert Harvest Reléveum - 4% Lidocaine Cream
This cream can be helpful for women suffering from vulvar pain or pain in the gential region all in a discrete, friendly package. Releveum® All-In-One Skin Repair Cream is a patented formula that offers pain relief and intensive healing from skin irritations, dryness and tissue damage associated with vulvodynia, lichens sclerosus/planus, Sjogren’s, insect bites/stings, poison ivy/oak, chemotherapy induced neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy / nerve pain. This 4% lidocaine (numbing agent) offers 4-6 hours of pain relief and can be reapplied every 3 hours.
Vmagic Vulva Care & Intimate Skin Cream
If you struggle with itchy, irritated, vulva dryness, chapped, inflamed and painful irritated intimate skin, this certified organic product can be really helpful. It can be used to help address vaginal dryness not only from menopause but also some hormonal birth control, medicaitions, as well as tight-fitting jeans, challenging workouts, shaving/waxing or sexual activity. VMagic provides immediate and lasting relief from vulva dryness and discomfort. The all-day-long healing salve made of 100% natural and organic ingredients prevents irritation and is an active moisturizer to rejuvenate dry, thin, vulvar tissue. It also is an anti-inflammatory for those women suffering from itching, burning and redness in the vulvar area.
The OhNut Suffering deep pain during sex is challenging enough physically and emotionally. You don't need more bulky, poorly designed tools. This great product is super sleek and well designed, so easy to use, and will make taking control of your intimate life one step closer. The Ohnut is a soft, compressible buffer that allows couples to explore enjoyable penetration depths. This comfy wearable is made from 4 rings that can be used together or individually to adjust when penetration feels too deep, without sacrificing sensation for you or your partner. It is worn externally around the base of a penetrating partner (ex. a man) and is made from an FDA approved material that has no BPA, phthalate, or latex.
Rosy App Rosy is the first evidence-based mobile platform designed by doctors and psychologists to help you regain sexual desire, which can go alongside pain. Their mission is to provide you with the tools you need to not only improve desire, but also self-esteem, overall sexual health and relationships with partners. We love that these videos get you trusted information but also take a step further to give you support and tips to get your desire going again. Their content is frequently updated so you will always have a new story to check out!
The V Hive Podcast
Finally, this isn’t our typical recommendation but if you struggle with any type of vaginal pain, we highly recommend listening to the V Hive, a totally free podcast. This diverse podcast brings in some great, leading experts to talk openly about sexual health across all life stages. It's friendly, empowering, and jam packed with resources. The V Hive is a podcast and platform focused on women's intimate health. With weekly episodes from the field’s top practitioners, they discuss all of the things you've always thought about, but never wanted to talk about. Their mission is to make the highest quality information on the most beloved part of your body, accessible, understandable and implementable.