Why do I feel razor blades during sex?

Ouch! That's a description I hear more often than you think. You're not alone. Other women also describe the sensation as sandpaper, cutting, burning, or ripping.

When a woman describes that sensation, it's usually caused by vaginal atrophy, or more likely vestibulodynia/vulvodynia. A careful exam is needed to determine exactly what's happening; proper treatment can make sex comfortable again.

It's likely that vaginal estrogen is necessary to make those tissues healthier; that alone may solve the issue. If that doesn’t completely resolve the pain, treatment options for vestibulodynia/vulvodynia should be explored.

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July 21, 2016

I described the feeling as sandpaper dipped in kerosene but razor blades is a good analogy too. Hubs and I don’t have intimacy because of it and sometimes it can be the elephant in the room. Then after so long the desire is completely gone. I have no more desire for sex than I do to swim the English Channel. Having had a hysterectomy 15 years ago hasn’t helped either (with no HRT).


July 06, 2015

I just went through this recently…. yikes…. why don’t dr.s tell us about this and how we can help it NOT to happen in the first place ??? Arggg….
Sure wish I had found your site sooner…. I am telling many of my friends who are NOT having sex with their husbands because of this…. (the BIG secret ) :(

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