Sometimes I get a stabbing sensation during penetrative sex with my partner. Is something wrong?

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Sometimes I get a stabbing sensation during penetrative sex with my partner. Is something wrong?

A:

If it only happens occasionally, you are likely normal and healthy. In fact, this is likely just your partner hitting up against your cervix. Most people, when they're engaged in penetrative play (whether with a penis or a dildo), tend to direct sensation toward the cervix. It's way at the end of the vagina. It's rounded and spongy and kind of feels like the tip of your nose. When a woman is ovulating, the cervix actually drops down, swells and becomes more sensitive. As a result, deep strokes and longer toys don't always feel so good. If you hit the cervix, it can be really sort of painful. As I said, this is probably normal if only happens occasionally, or if you notice it at a certain point in your cycle. If it happens more often, you may want to visit your gynecologist to make sure everything's OK and there's no inflammation.

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Ducky DooLittle is a pleasure-based sex educator and the resident sex toy expert for Blush Novelties and Sola. She also leads the marketing team, does some sex toy design work, tests prototypes and brings pleasure to the world! She's also a certified Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Counselor and the author of "Sex With the Lights On: 200 Illuminating Sex Questions Answered." Ducky has appeared in the New York Times, HBO's "Real Sex", "The Morning Show", MTV, NPR, "The Howard Stern Show" and Playboy TV.

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