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After having sex it feels like I've completely closed up down there for about 24 to 36 hours. It's a little painful. Why could this be happening?
I’m sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing after sex. The description sounds like it could be related to vaginismus which is a spasm or contraction of the muscles around the vagina. There are two types of vaginismus: primary, which is when vaginal penetration has never been achieved; and secondary, which is when vaginal penetration has been achieved but is no longer possible.
A number of factors can trigger vaginismus, including sexual intercourse, Pap tests and even inserting a tampon into the vagina. Possible underlying causes include sexual trauma, dryness, and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. I definitely recommend speaking with your gynecologist or primary care physician to explore the reasons for your symptoms and possible treatment options.