Painful Sex Specialist

Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Gynecologist located in Sutton Place and Midtown East, New York, NY

Painful sex can be brought about by many conditions and issues and, all too often, goes unaddressed. Dr. Elizabeth Eden, located in Sutton Place and Midtown East, New York, is equipped with up-to-date technology and the latest science, and believes that this unfortunate condition can, and should, be successfully treated, allowing women to maintain an active and enjoyable sex life.

Painful Sex Q & A

What causes painful sex?

Painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, can be caused by a host of different conditions and issues, which include:

  • Vaginismus - an involuntary spasm in the vaginal muscles
  • Menopause - a drop in hormones that leads to decreased lubrication and thinning vaginal walls
  • Vaginal infections
  • Childbirth
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

The only way to know what is causing painful sex is to undergo a thorough examination by Dr. Eden.

What are the treatments for painful sex?

Treatments for painful sex depend largely on the cause of the condition. Once the underlying cause is established and treated, painful sex will often resolve itself. Sometimes, patience and a simple lubricant are called for as the body heals itself.

For conditions like menopause, hormone replacement therapy, topical creams, or laser therapy are often used to correct the conditions that cause painful sex. For example, the decrease in hormone production during menopause often leads to vaginal atrophy. In fact, one in three women will experience some degree of atrophy, which includes decreased lubrication and thinning vaginal walls.

In other cases, anxiety or depression can lead to conditions that precipitate painful sex and lifestyle changes, and therapy can go a long way toward resolving these issues. Whatever the issue or cause, Dr. Eden will work with you to explore the options that lead to a happy and pain-free sex life.

How does laser therapy work?

Dr. Elizabeth Eden offers MonaLisa Touch® laser therapy, which is the most effective treatment for correcting vaginal atrophy without the use of pharmaceuticals or surgery. The laser treatment stimulates the production of collagen in the tissue of the vaginal mucosa and improves the treated area’s functionality -- think lubrication and elasticity. The CO2 laser treatment is minimally invasive, virtually pain-free, and can be done on an outpatient basis. The side effects associated with laser therapy are generally confined to temporary redness or swelling.

Ask Dr. Eden if this laser treatment is right for you.


5 Stars
Dr. Eden has been following my care for over three years. I'm so grateful for her wonderful care. Not only has she been absolutely clear and thorough, professional and punctual; she is also warm and kind, generous and thoughtful. She has help me weather, with grace, many changes that my body has undergone during peri-menopause and menopause. I am always armed with all the information I need to make decisions and choices about my gynecological health. (Frankly, I often have much to share with my close friends on this score simply because their doctors are not nearly as clear and thorough with them. Through Dr. Eden, I'm simply better educated about what's happening in my body than most women in their forties and fifties. There is much to know and it's so great to have a doctor willing to spend the time to explain it fully and field your questions.) I also have to share that I'm forever grateful that Dr. Eden encouraged me to try MonaLisa Touch. The complications I was having due to changes in my body chemistry were making sex miserable for me or just impossible. MonaLisa Touch was literally a miraculous cure! It's an investment I'm so delighted I made and so glad she encouraged me to try it. No meds. No hormones. No messy creams. It's a miracle. It's clear to me that my comfort and the enjoyment of my life and a sense of vitality in my life and work and marriage have been of primary concern to Dr. Eden. My annual exams have become a touchstone for my health overall because Dr. Eden follows your health in such a comprehensive way. She is practicing real medicine and frankly, in many ways, she stands alone for the care she gives. I have been so impressed with the care I've received over the years and I think it's truly rare to find a physician as deeply skilled. - KC