DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a man, and sex is often painful. Why? What can I do to make sex painless and pleasurable again?
DEAR READER: If you go by what you see on TV, the only thing standing between you and a satisfying sex life is erectile dysfunction. The truth is, pain during sex can also be an obstacle. I spoke to my colleague Dr. Michael O'Leary, a professor of surgery at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. He noted that while the reason for painful sex can be difficult to diagnose and treat, it's worth talking to your doctor. Together, you may be able to identify the problem -- and a solution.