Cramps after intercourse are more common in women than men.
According to Medicalnewstoday, for women, some possible causes of cramps after intercourse include:
Deep penetration, especially against the cervix, can cause irritation and cramping. Injury or infection of the cervix can make it more susceptible to cramping or pain.
The ovaries are two small organs located on either side of the uterus. Sometimes, a cyst grows on or in the ovary.
While these cysts are not usually dangerous, they can cause pain or discomfort after intercourse.
Each month, one of the ovaries grows a follicle that contains a maturing egg. About 2 weeks before a woman’s period, that follicle ruptures, releasing the egg for potential fertilization and conception.
Having intercourse around this time can cause abdominal cramping in some people.
Fibroids are growths that occur in the wall of the uterus. They are usually benign, or noncancerous.
They can cause symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and abdominal pain, as well as cramps, after love making.
Vaginismus occurs when the genital muscles involuntarily contract when a person attempts to insert something.
It can happen during intercourse and genital medical exams, as well as when a person tries to use a tampon.
A person may need to see a love making therapist, who can help them manage anxiety and recommend relaxation exercises.
Pelvic floor exercises may also help treat vaginismus.
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection in the female reproductive system.
STIs such as chlamydia or gonorrhea can cause PID, and it can also occur after medical procedures, such as insertion of an intrauterine device.
Endometriosis is the growth of tissue similar to that which grows in the uterus in places outside of the uterus.
It can cause severe cramping and abdominal pain both during and after love making. Other symptoms of endometriosis include heavy bleeding during menstruation and abnormally painful periods.
In some women, the uterus tilts backward instead of leaning forward. The medical term for this is a retroverted uterus.
In people with a retroverted uterus, the male genital may put pressure on the uterus during intercourse, which can cause cramps.
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