5 ways to enjoy sex with Endometriosis

Endometriosis doesn’t only impact the reproductive organs, it is in fact a FULL body disease that affects all areas of the person’s life including their sex life. Not everyone who has endometriosis experiences painful or uncomfortable sex, but for those who do it can impact their libido too.

The nature of the disease can make even the simplest of tasks, like going to the toilet or going for a walk become extremely draining, painful and difficult. Sex is no different, and depending on the severity of the disease sex might not be enjoyable or fulfilling at all anymore. Today, we’re focusing on 5 different ways to help you enjoy sex and hopefully make it less painful.

1) Discuss concerns with your sexual partner(s)

Authentic, honest and open communication is key. Talking about what movements or positions cause the most pain or are the most uncomfortable, as well as general concerns you may have with your sexual partner(s) will ease some of the tension and anxiety for everyone involved. Discussing what you would prefer and what you would like is just as important too.

2) Lube, lube, lube!

Lube is especially important if you’re going to have penetrative sex as vaginal dryness can cause a lot of pain. Make sure the lube is water or silicone-based, and reapply as much as you need if you feel yourself drying up.

3) Sex is not only penetration

Sex can be whatever you want it to be as long as there’s consent. Oral sex, mutual masturbation and sex toys are all alternatives if penetrative sex is just too uncomfortable or painful.

4) Switch up your positions

There are some sex positions that cause more pain if you have endometriosis because they put more pressure on the pelvis like the missionary position. Whereas other positions like spooning cause less pressure on the pelvis. The best way to figure out which positions work for you is to just experiment carefully and not try to be too adventurous.

5) Track your cycle

By tracking your cycle you can identify the times of the month when the pain subsides and it’s easier and safer for you to have sex. If you do this over a few months you will start to notice trends, and it will be easier for you to identify the best time for you to have sex. Using period tracker apps can also help with this.