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A couple is said to be infertile if pregnancy does not result after one year of normal sexual activity without contraceptives. About 25 percent of couples experience infertility at some point in their lives. The incidence of infertility increases with age. The male partner contributes to about 40 percent of cases of infertility. A combination of factors is common. Factors to consider, in consultation with your physician: Adequate sperm production and semen delivery (impaired for 40 percent of couples who seek fertility evaluation) Regularly occurring ovulation (impaired for 20 percent) A functional pathway through the cervix , uterus, and fallopian tubes and a uterine environment able to sustain embryo implantation and growth (impaired for 30 percent) Intercourse frequency and timing that allows an opportunity for conception (impaired for many couples, percentage unknown) Cervical mucus that is adequate in amount and composition (impaired for less than 5 percent) Adequate progesterone producti...
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Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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