How Much Sex Is Too Much? Here’s What Experts Say

Having too much sex—what are the risks?

The main physical hazard of having a lot of sex is excessive swelling of the vagina and labia, Sherry A. Ross, ob-gyn and women’s health expert in Santa Monica, California and author of she-ology and she-ology. the she-quel, tells Health. “With a lot of sexual stimulation, the vagina and labia become engorged with blood, and this can lead to excessive swelling and pain with sexual contact,” she explains.

A long sex session can also cause the natural lubrication of the vagina to dry up, which can lead to friction and pain. “If you haven’t had the right amount of foreplay to become sexually aroused and get wet, the vagina will be dry—making sex painful when the penis or fingers enter the vagina,” Dr. Ross says. She points out that vaginal dryness can also occur in menopausal women, resulting in a burning sensation inside the vagina during sexual contact and penetration.

If you end up with a swollen and/or sore vagina after sexual contact, back off until you feel okay, Dr. Brightman says. If the swelling seems excessive, try an ice pack for some relief. Next time you do it, consider using a vaginal lubricant or extra virgin coconut oil to create extra wetness in the vagina for a prolonged sex session. For chafing, aquaphor or a similar product can help to soothe affected areas, Dr. Ross says.

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