4 common reasons your stomach hurts after sex

Post-coital cramps are more normal than you think and here's why it happens.

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Sex is an activity that brings with it a spectrum of different sensations, not all of which are particularly great. Sometimes, once the deed is done, you find your body reacting to the immense bouts of pleasure with uncomfortable bouts of pain—especially in the abdomen area. This is an experience that many females go through post-coitus, and here are the most common reasons why.

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Deep penetration

If you’ve been getting stomach cramps after sex, think about the kind of sex you are having. Are you engaging in positions with a penetrative partner that is thrusting deep into your cave? Maybe you’re using a sex toy that is particularly long and far-reaching?

Point is, experts say that deep penetration is a common reason for stomach aches after sex. According to Women’s Health, positions like doggy style and missionary are the usual culprits, and you may want to stay away from it if you’ve been experiencing post-coital cramps.


Do you feel pain in your pelvic area or lower abdomen during or after your orgasm? You might be suffering from a condition called dysorgasmia.

This happens when your muscles contract so hard during an orgasm that it causes immense pain. Healthline reports that it’s most common in pregnant women or people who have other underlying reproductive issues like ovarian cysts, endometriosis, or a pelvic inflammatory disease.

Tilted uterus

Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, an ob-gyn at Yale New Haven Hospital, told Women’s Health that ‘30% of women have a uterus that tilts backward.’ While it may be totally normal, it does make it trickier to experiment with certain sex positions. To play it safe, you may want to try out positions that allow for shallow penetration, like spooning.


It’s not unusual that air gets inside your vagina or anus during the process of penetration. But if this air gets trapped inside, it could travel inside your body and cause pain in areas including your upper abdomen and chest. The good thing is that gas-related stomach pain is easily relieved through belching or flatulence.

It should also be noted that abdominal pain can be caused by more severe conditions as well. In that case, you should definitely consult your doctor to get the best treatment possible.

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