While scrolling through Twitter, I stopped at a tweet where a user was bragging about bruising his girlfriend's cervix, as if her pain was a compliment to his size.
I soon realized that the science behind a bruised cervix is largely unknown and misunderstood. The pain became so damaging that it triggered vaginismus , an involuntary muscle spasm where the muscles contract to prevent penetration of any sort fingers, tampons, penis, etc.
While cervical bruising does not contribute to long-term damage, it can influence other issues. What Is A Cervix? The cervix is a cylinder-shaped opening between the uterus and vaginal canal. It is made up of fibromuscular tissue and has two main parts: The cervix is also affected by birth control, ovulation, and menstruation.
Just like a penis, when someone is aroused, the cervix enlarges and becomes softer and higher around two to three inches higher. When someone with a cervix is not aroused, it is lower and harder. This can be why certain positions cause discomfort one day but vary the next day. The cervix moves around a lot. It even changes throughout the cycle of one day. Penis size can contribute to the bruising. Most people will feel cramping after intercourse, but some people feel it during sex, as if your partner is hitting a very painful wall.
Tenderness in the lower abdomen 12 to 48 hours after intercourse is typically a sign of a bruised cervix. The pain may subside within a day or take about a week. If the bleeding is heavy, seek out a medical professional. You Might Also Like: Confidence In The Bedroom Boils Down To One Thing Immediate pain during intercourse can occur because the cervix is already sensitive and is being irritated during certain positions.
Cramping after bruising is very common and leaves the uterus unhappy. The cramps feel similar to menstrual cramps and can be treated with over the counter medication. A bruised cervix is most common with people who have a tipped uterus that goes back towards the tailbone.
This means that the cervix is pointing up during sex and is probably doing to get a little bumped. Foreplay about 20 to 30 minutes of it is the number one key to avoiding cervical bruising , as it gears the body up for arousal. If someone is not aroused, they may not have much natural lubrication, which can contribute to a plethora of other sex injuries like tearing from dryness. Different sex positions should be up for experimentation.
Being on top is a great way to control your movements and thrusting to prevent any further injury. Spooning is another great position where both partners are lying on their sides. Missionary but with your legs wrapped around your partners' legs instead of on their shoulders or behind your ears. Standing up and having sex is another way to avoid any deep penetration issues. Hansen says that being in tune with your body is very important during sex or masturbation. Handwork, oral, foreplay, and anal are all other amazing ways to achieve an orgasm.
To ease cervical pain, Dr. For women who anticipate that they will have pain, they can take the ibuprofen dose prior to intercourse approximately 30 minutes prior to sex would be best.
I have found that to avoid cervical bruising, I need to be largely in control of the situation. Experimenting with positions has increased my ability to avoid any discomfort or pain with my partner. Also, encouraging satisfying foreplay can help you avoid this very common but ignored sex injury.