Harvard Men's Health Watch

Making sex pain-free

Discomfort with intercourse happens to men, too. But most obstacles can be overcome.

To most men, an active sex life is essential. If you go by what you see in the health press, the only thing standing in your way is erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and keep an erection sufficient for intercourse. The drugs approved to treat ED all work to a greater or lesser extent for most men with erectile difficulties, and there are other options if they don't.

Although less common than ED, pain associated with intercourse can also become an obstacle. This can be difficult to diagnose and treat in some cases, but it's still worth investigating. "The important thing is to recognize the problem and discuss possible solutions with your physician," says Dr. Michael O'Leary, a professor of surgery at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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