Vaginal friction burn can occur for multiple reasons though the most common is linked to a lack of lubrication during the act of sex.  When there is not enough lubrication, the ease of a penis gliding in and out of the vagina is prohibited, and this makes sex very uncomfortable for the woman as well as her partner.  In severe cases, the skin in and around the vagina can actually tear when there is not enough lubrication, but sex is continued.

What Affects Lubrication?

There are multiple different elements which affect the amount of natural lubrication produced by a woman.  Age plays a big part in this with the older the woman, the less natural lubricant being produced as she becomes aroused.  Talking of arousal, this is another prominent factor, the more aroused the woman is, the more lubrication she will naturally produce.  This is usually stimulated more so by prolonged foreplay, which in some sexual relationships is absolutely vital.  Other facts which can influence the amount of natural lubrication produced are those of medications used and different forms of birth control which limit the arousal of a woman and therefore limit the lubricant produced.  However, using synthetic lubricant is an excellent way to get around this issue without suffering from vaginal friction burn, tears, or infection.

Foreplay and Friction

Foreplay is a great way to lessen or even eradicate the problem of vaginal friction, in some cases because of the vaginas natural response.  When foreplay occurs, the woman becomes stimulated, and her body naturally responds to this by changing and getting ready to receive the penis.  It does this by changing its shape, so it increases in width and length as well as becoming larger overall.  So, the better and more prolonged the foreplay, the more stimulated the woman will become and therefore, the more comfortable penetration will be.  This will also allow lovemaking to be much deeper and last for longer as it will not be painful, and no skin will be torn in the process.

Speed Creates Friction

To reduce the risk of getting vaginal friction burn, you may want to think about the way in which you have sex.  Friction is often the way that orgasm occurs, but too much friction is also how tears, pain, and infection are caused, so less is probably more here which is also a good way to look at the speed at which you are participating in sex.  If you like to have fast or rough sex, perhaps even both, then you must ensure that you are properly lubricated so that your sexual experience is not a painful or unpleasant one.  There is absolutely nothing from stopping you from increasing the foreplay to increase the natural lubrication and expansion of the vagina and also using lubricant as well.  This will guarantee that you will not get vaginal friction burn while continuing to have sex in the way you like it best.


Condoms can be problematic for two reasons.  Firstly, they can increase the amount of friction between the penis and the vagina.  Secondly, it is much more common than you may think for a woman to be sensitive towards or be allergic to the latex property which condoms are created out of.  This will lead to irritation of the vagina and in severe allergies, can be life-threatening as anaphylaxis can be induced and the windpipe closes fast.

If you think that you have a sensitivity towards or are allergic to latex, which could be the cause of your vaginal friction burn, then it is advised that you seek medical attention.  There are alternatives in place to act as a contraceptive method which are not made out of latex which you could use instead, though the majority are not quite as effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy as the latex condom.  You can talk to your gynecologist about this, and they will help you find the best contraceptive method for you to keep you as well protected as possible during sex.

When Vaginal Friction Burns Turns into Infection

So vaginal friction burn is usually just uncomfortable, but when your vagina starts to be actually painful, there is a high chance that something else is going on downstairs.  This could be one of many things, including:

  • A water infection;
  • A yeast infection;
  • Bacterial vaginosis;
  • Or an STI.

You will be able to recognize that you have more than just vaginal friction burn as there will be increased symptoms such as:

  • Pain and severe discomfort;
  • Itching in and around the vaginal area;
  • Burning and stinging, not just when you urinate;
  • A change in the color of your discharge.

Preventing Infection After Friction

There are multiple ways in which you can act so as to try to avoid getting an infection if you do encounter friction during sex.  The best thing to start with is to talk to your gynecologist if the pain caused by friction is a long term problem and not a one-off issue for you and your partner.  Other than this, there are some rules which all sexually active people should live by, and these are as follows to help you prevent getting an infection:

  • Using a condom will prevent you from getting an STI which is one of the most common issues for friction, burning, and pain caused during and after sex;
  • Always be sure to urinate after sex has ceased as this will ensure that no bacteria is left in the urinary tract and will prevent you from getting a bladder or kidney infection, as well as a UTI;
  • Be sure never to use a douche on your vagina. This is because it changes the levels of the pH within the vagina, and you will be more likely to get an infection when the pH levels are out of balance.


Other Vaginal Friction Burn Causes

Further medical problems can cause vaginal friction burn and require the attention of a medical professional, such as:

  • Fibroids;
  • Endometriosis;
  • Vulvodynia;
  • A retroverted uterus;
  • PID;
  • Hemorrhoids;
  • Cystitis;
  • IBS;
  • Ovarian cysts;