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LifeEnColor
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So my boyfriend and I both got back to college about two weeks ago. We hadn't seen each other in over a month. We had intercourse quite a few times and after a few days, I was too sore for intercourse. I let myself get caught up and continued to have vaginal intercourse even when I was sore, but I did finally say enough was enough and took a week long break.

Is it possible to get bruising inside the vagina? I noticed the pain was centered further in and near my stomach. It was sore for about four days and when we tried intercourse again, it wasn't painful during, but afterwards I was sore again in the same area. I've told my boyfriend about this, and we've had much less vaginal intercourse, sticking to manual or oral and only gentle/slow vaginal intercourse when we try. Should I be concerned about this soreness? I think it's totally gone now, but it was definitely uncomfortable for a while.

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It is: of the cervix or of the vaginal walls themselves, and certainly all around the vulva.

Per usual, when something hurts, we can be pretty sure we're being hurt. In other words, it was feeling sore and painful, which was your body's way of telling you to stop or chill the heck out. When that happens, and we don't heed those calls, we'll often get injured in some way.

But, now you know. If the soreness has passed, it's not likely anything to worry about, save trying to make choices in the future that honor what your body is telling you a bit better.

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Thank you for the info, I really wasn't sure it was possible for the vagina and/or cervix to be bruised.

Is there anyway to prevent bruising in the future? This hasn't happened before with us so I was confused when it did. Could it have possibly been because I wasn't used to intercourse after over a month long dry spell?

I'm definitely going to listen to my body better from now on. I don't want to be uncomfortable or in pain for any amount of time for a bit of pleasure.

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Really, it's about -- again -- listening to your body. When something hurts, already feels sore or just doesn't feel good, then that's not what you do or do anymore. Or, if you do want to do that thing, you try making an adjustment, like, say, adding more lube or changing a position, and see if that helps. If not, then again, time to just do something else or choose to suffer the consequences, as it were.

There's really no "used to intercourse" like that when it comes to our physical bodies. It's not like running a marathon or anything (well, maybe in this case for you it was! [Razz] ) we can really be in condition for or not in any kind of static, rather than situational, way.

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quote:
Originally posted by LifeEnColor:

Is there anyway to prevent bruising in the future? This hasn't happened before with us so I was confused when it did. Could it have possibly been because I wasn't used to intercourse after over a month long dry spell?

If I were to offer an opinion (and I am going to), I'd say that the dry spell just made you and your partner really happy to see each other again.

Endorphins (like the ones swimming through our systems when we're seriously horny) can cause us to temporarily not notice pain. Or to notice, but not mind, or not care, so long as we're still in the moment. You do pay for these moments afterwards, no matter what the endorphins were from.

So long as the soreness goes away, I wouldn't worry about it, just take it easy and give yourself a little recovery time. If it sticks around, you should get it checked out.

You should also know that there's a condition referred to as Honeymoon Urethritis - UTIs caused or aggravated by sexual activity. (Doctors sometimes have terrible senses of humor.) If you have symptoms of a UTI, get it treated, and absolutely no fooling, take a break on intercourse until you're better, because UTIs that get to your kidneys can make you seriously ill.

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