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Why do I feel razor blades during sex?

by Dr. Barb DePree MD

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.

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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.

The good news is that there is nearly always successful treatment! You can regain the intimacy you're missing in your relationship.


  • I just turned 60yrs old couple of weeks ago and completed menopause about 12.maybe 15 yrs ago never had a problem until about 2 and 1/2 weeks ago I had sex and yes the only way I can describe it is it feels like I’m being sliced open with razor blades so, I definitely need to try something. THANK You for the info.

    Sherrie on

  • This product, My Secret, is a god send. I went through menopause in my early 40’s. I was with a man who was not kind and demanded very rough sex That I didn’t want for many years. Between the two, I haven’t been able to have sex. When I have endured, it was excruciating. I’ve been using this product for a few weeks and I feel premenopausal. I have a desire again as well as enjoyment. It’s a whole new me. I’ve been reminded that I am a woman!
    Thank you for the women willing to tell there stories and those that have shared their success!

    DD on

  • Lorena, I’m sorry you are experiencing this. I would strongly recommend a visit to a gynecologist to diagnose and treat the symptoms that are causing you pain and impeding intimacy.

    Dr Barb on

  • I am a 30 year old woman, I recently married my husband, to get straight to the point I was an escort for 10 years, the past 2 years I’ve only seen a few clients untill my husband I’ve always been healthy and safe, the past year I’ve been experiencing vaginal paiin. The past few months have been worse n worse, my husband says it feels as if I have rocks inside me and I feel like I’m being torn open, followed by a burning pulsating feeling. I’ve got no STI’s, and make sure I’m not dry, I make sure I’m plenty wet, nothing helps except abstinence. What is this? And why?? HELP!!!

    Lorena on

  • Hi ladies! I am not going through menopause, nor have I had a hysterectomy, but ever since my first child was born over 6 years ago, sex has been painful…. razorblades, ripping, sandpaper feeling kind of pain. At first I thought it was all in my head, and maybe if I just relaxed it wouldn’t hurt, but nope, that never worked. Mostly I have been bearing the pain and we have to start very slowly… until i feel some pleasure, then the pleasure somehow overshadows the pain?? But as soon as I orgasm, the pain comes back…
    So a couple weeks ago I went into this store called Herbally Grounded, just to look around, and ended up buying a liquid supplement called My Secret. I bought it just for overall hormone health not expecting any major changes…
    I had taken the product for about 5 days (twice a day) when my husband and I had sex… It was like I had a new vagina. No pain at all. I was so surprised, And the only thing I’ve changed is taking this new supplement! We’ve had sex several times so far and NO pain!! It’s amazing!! I can’t say it will fix everyone’s problem, but it seems to have fixed mine, so I wanted to share this with as many people as I can! Look up “Herbally Grounded My Secret” online and you can order it for approximately $25. It’s worth a try anyway!
    This is the description on the bottle:
    “We have hormones from head to toe. When a woman’s hormones are not in harmony, it can result in mood swings, uncomfortable menstruation’s, under/overdeveloped breasts, hair loss, irritability, lack of energy and brain fog, weight gain/weight loss and premature aging, just to name a few. The amazing herbs in this formula have long been used in supporting hormone balance, including breast health & development. “

    Kristee on

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