After having a rough but pleasurable sex with your loved one, sometimes you may feel a burning sensation in or around the vagina that may accompany with localized soreness and pain. This discomforting condition usually worsens when you try to urinate or the urine wets the affected area. In fact, even sitting on the flat surface can aggravate the discomfort. Is it an infection? Don't be worried too much, it may be just vaginal tearing.

What Causes Vaginal Tearing?

Vaginal tearing is characterized by appearance of small cuts or laceration along the margins or outer edges of vagina. The location of the cut may vary from anterior wall of vaginal opening to anal opening. Deep lacerations also affects the underlying fat and muscle tissues besides the skin. Following are the most frequently causes of torn vagina.


Engaging in vigorous sexual intercourse with a dry and inadequately lubricated vagina is perhaps the most frequently cause of vaginal tearing. Sometimes, the inappropriate use of sex toys can also harm the vagina and may lead to lacerations.

Obstetric Causes

Childbirth is a complex and critical process. Any mishandling in the process of labor can lead to vaginal tearing. Some risk factors include breech position of the baby, large sized or macrosomic baby, rapid progression of labor that a mother cannot control the passage of her baby or use of certain medications during the labor to expedite the delivery process.

Age Related Changes

Physiological aging produces some serious changes in the body of a female that may affect the anatomy, physiology and metabolism of her tissues. For example, menopause or other causes of hormonal imbalance can significantly aggravate the risk of vaginal tearing by decreasing estrogen levels, impairing blood circulation, thinning the skin, irritating or weakening the healing of old scars, etc.


Sports activities like jet skiing, water skiing can also put excessive pressure on the vagina, which increases the risk of vaginal tears.

What Can You Do to Deal With Vaginal Tearing?

The treatment of torn vagina depends on several factors, such as intensity duration and severity of vaginal tearing. Clinically, vaginal tears are classified as four degree tears. In the first degree, only the outer skin is affected. In the second degree, the outer skin along with the internal tissue is damaged. In the third degree and last degree or laceration, deep tissues of the vagina are affected, along with heavy bleeding which requires surgical intervention. To adequately deal with the tears, following measures are needed:

Leave It Alone

If the tearing is only on the skin, i.e. superficial tearing, leave the tear alone for some time. The pain usually lasts for a day or two and the bleeding disappears within a few hours.

Avoid Sex

Try to avoid having intercourse for some weeks until the tear is completely healed.

Have a Rest

In lacerations, blood loss is usually accompanied that will cause dizziness and weakness. Make sure to get enough rest before recovery.

Have Some Medications

Pain-killers such as acetaminophen can be taken to alleviate the pain.

Try Warm Bath

Warm bath are fairly helpful in reducing the intensity of pain. Additionally, warm sitz bath also helps in improving the blood flow towards the pelvic region by dilating the blood vessels.

Apply Cold Compression

Application of ice, whether wrapped in a pad, cloth or towel, over the affected area also helps in providing a cooling effect.

See a Doctor

Seeking professional treatment becomes necessary if any of the following signs are accompanied with vaginal tearing:

  • Heavy bleeding, if three pads are soaked in blood in the first 24 hours, consult doctor immediately

  • Fainting

  • Weakness

  • High grade fever up to or more than 38 degree C or 100.4 degree F

  • Pain in lower abdomen

  • Disagreeable or foul odor from vagina along with vaginal discharge

How to Prevent Vaginal Tearing

In order to prevent vagina from vaginal tearing, it is essential to take the following measure:

Kegel Exercise

You can do this exercise by contacting, holding and then releasing the pelvic muscles. It can be easily performed in a manner as you are trying to consciously hold the urine. Regular kegel exercises and other pelvic training activities help in strengthening the pelvic muscles.

Good Nutrition

Maintaining healthy consumption of fibrous fruits and vegetables along with adequate amounts of water helps in improving the skin elasticity. An elastic skin is more resistant to tearing and rupture under pressure and stress.

Perineal Massage

After 34th week of pregnancy, perineal massage should be regularly performed by applying a lubricating gel on the perineum and then gentle rubbing. This can be performed by either the pregnant female or her partner to strengthen the vaginal power to stretch for labor.

Slow Second Stage of Labor

Practice to push slowly. This will help in increasing the stretch ability of perineum and minimize the risk of tearing during the process of childbirth. 


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  • Carmen GordenAug.12 08:37
    I'm not even sexually active at this time and has vaginal tearing that won't heal it's been well over a year now please help..
  • KkJul.17 21:59
    My vagina has been torn for about 5 days and the pain is still extremely painful and theres a lot of white discharge. I can't go to a doctor because in underage and my mother will flip is she knows I had sex ... Any suggestion to any medicines that could help the healing process and prevent infection
  • KaseyJun.3 04:14
    Had rough sex a few days ago with a big toy it dried me up. I didn't want to try it but my man wanted to try it on me. So I got turned off dried up. Now when I pee it burns and hurts so bad I want to punch some I even curse sometimes. What can I do to ease the pain???
  • redneckbarbie1609May.17 12:53
    I got my vaginal area torn during sex and we were very lubricated and it wasn't rough so this doesn't really make sense. i do kegel exercises and i have good nutrition so i still don't understand how this happened
  • kyraFeb.27 15:17
    Is there anyway to get the issue fixed :(
  • Janice Al-NajjarJan.31 09:19
    I'm confused. You start your article talking about vaginal tears caused by intercourse, you then go on to describe degrees of vaginal tears (inaccurately by the way) this classification is used in obstetrics, if 4th degree tearing, which includes infiltration into the rectal tissues/muscle is caused by intercourse then there is definitely a problem with inappropriate force during sex. Bordering on abuse I would say. I have been a registered midwife for 30+years and have only seen such damage in women who have been victims. If you want to discuss postnatal issues/care, by all means do so, but get your facts & terminology right and don't confuse the issues.
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