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Severe Stomach Pain After Sex

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I had severe stomach pain after sex. Is this normal? What does this mean? Im really worried!
Signed: Severe Stomach Pain After Sex

Dear Severe Stomach Pain After Sex,


When people talk about stomach pain, some are referring to their actual stomach – others are talking about pain that is actually in the lower abdominal area. If it is your stomach that hurts, it is possible that you are having a negative emotional reaction to having sex. If you feel any sadness, anxiety, stress, or even irritation about having sex, those feelings can translate into physical symptoms such as an upset stomach or stomach pains.

If by “stomach pain” you really mean pain in your lower abdomen, then it is possible that you are dealing with some kind of infection, such as a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or a gynecological infection, resulting in your experiencing pain during or directly after intercourse. It is also possible that you are experiencing a kind of jolting discomfort if your partner’s penis is hitting up against your cervix during intercourse.

FX thinks that it is important for you to meet with your doctor if you regularly experience stomach pain (or any kind of pain) after sex. It is important that your doctor understand where exactly you experience your pain and determine whether or not there are any underlying medical causes. If your doctor determines that there is nothing medically wrong with you, consider talking to someone about your feelings about having sex to ensure that you are feeling emotionally ready for sex and are not experiencing negative emotions following intercourse that then affect you physically.

FX would also like to stress the importance of practicing safer sex to prevent against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs. To learn more about safer sex precautions, please read our answer to Updated Birth Control Information in addition to speaking to your doctor.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX