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Well,

I have noticed that sometimes after having sex I get a nasty tummy ache. I dont really know why but I just feel achy and crampy afterwards. Sometimes I even get these weird burps that I get when I have gluten intake or with intake from some of my other allergies. Please dont say Im allergic to sex. LOL.

I was just curious if any of you feel like this afterwards.??!?

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Heather,

No, I don't recall experiencing anything like that after sex. Of course, there are many avenues of pleasure that remain unexplored for me.... I suppose that if I were more adventurous, I might be more likely to be wondering what exactly is IN that stuff (besides approximately 34 calories! :P ).

Are you referring to "plain" sex? I'm asking because I recently saw in another thread that K-Y jelly is "sometimes wheat-free"!!! I don't know the gluten-free status of any other "personal lubricants," but if you use them, that's another potential source of gluten (or other allergen) contamination.

Whatever it is, I don't think you're allergic to sex! (Although I HAVE read of a case where a woman WAS actually apparently classically allergic to her husband's semen, and I believe that in order to conceive, she had to be artificially inseminated with his sperm after they had been thoroughly washed! I can't remember where I read this, but I'm pretty sure it was in a medical journal that I read back when I was a medical abstractor.)

I hope you identify the culprit soon!

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I've had that feeling, on and off, years ago when I was not gluten-free, and before I had kids.

...sometimes after having sex I get a nasty tummy ache. I dont really know why but I just feel achy and crampy afterwards.

I never thought too much about it.... Hmmm...? Did kinda put a dampner on things!!

Connie

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Hi Heather,

It's been a while since I broke up with my last girlfriend, but I seem to remember having problems. She liked deep kissing and other oral things that might of caused some problems. <_<

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Yes, yes, yes!!!! Without a doubt, every single time without exception. I ache for days after sometimes. My husband does not understand and to be honest I have made him suffer for it. It just is not pleasurable for me and nor is it thrilling for him when I say tell him. So add this to the list of my complaints. But I certainly hope this is not related to celiac disease. I personally believe that it's to do with the shifting of my uterus and other organs as a result of pregancy (though you'd think that 3 years after birth everything should be back to whnere it belongs). Talk to your gynae.

My insides feel like they are "bruised". I never used to have this problem before I had my last child. Could potentially be a marriage breaker. I dread having sex because I know I'm going to feel like crap after, plus I get Urinary tract infections and yeast infections at the drop of a hat and my husband gets really upset when I tell him it's b/c of him. As I am writing I have a UTI and yeast infection. My doctor told my husband that he needs to be scrupulously clean before he touches me.

If it ain't one thing- it's another

Good luck to you,

SharonP

(Miami, FL)

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I have heard, but have never seen it on any medical information, that sometimes condoms , or the residue they leave behind can be very irritating to a womans "sensitive" tissues. Someone once told me that if your man uses condoms and you have intercourse regulary, you will have worse cramping during your period, supposedly because your body is basicly trying to push out all that junk left by the condom.

Like I siad, this is just something a friend told me before I got married, and I don't know if it has any truth to it. But if you are using condoms, maybe you could try another method of birthcontrol, such as IUD, diaphragm or the pill, ( I read somewhere on this site that the patch may contain gluten in the glue, don't know if that's true or not).

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Well, here's a topic I dread bringing up, but don't know where else to turn. I have been suspected to be Celiac for about five months now, the blood tests said no but when I went back to eating regular food I got very sick. So now I am back on the gluten-free diet and feeling a little better.

Anyway. I have been engaged now for about a year. My fiance and I have never been able to really have sex. Insertion is extremely painful, as are paps. My gyno has tried steroids and physical therapy to treat it, thinking my muscles are too tight or messed up somehow, but I wonder if it is related to all the stomach problems?? I do know that I unconsiously clench those muscles all day, although no one can tell me why.

Also, I don't really have the urge to engage in those kinds of activities very often anymore. I'm tired, I ache all over and I know things will just be painful anyway. This is really not helping my relationship any. Anyone who knows anything would be greatly appreciated!! Sorry for the personal topic!

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snapturtle,

I used to be the same way, although I always just assumed I was really small and tense inside. Then I was bulldozed by a nine-pound baby, and suddenly sex became surprisingly enjoyable! If I had it to do over again, though, I would investigate the cause of the pain.

I seem to remember someone on this board (maybe tarnalberry?) mentioning a condition called vulvar vestibulitis that may be related to celiac disease and can cause pain during intercourse, but I don't know anything about it. Maybe she could explain what she knows about it, or you could certainly do a Google search on the term.

I hope you get some answers and some relief in short order. Good luck!

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I did a search on this message board alone and came up with enough references that I think there is a definite connection! Now I'm going out into the internet to find out as much as I can about it!! Thanks so much, I've wanted to post that question for months but thought it sounded so personal and so unconnected to Celiac Disease. Thanks everyone for being to helpful!

Also thanks from my fiance. If anything I find helps me, he'll be equally thrilled!

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this is for snapturtle in particular, but also for everyone else...

there are a number of conditions that cause pain during sex - the type of pain you describe that may be related to muscle tone and is more at the opening of the vagina than deep inside towards the cervix. (you might try looking up the term "dyspareunia" on google as well.) and some of them have been connected to diet. I have vulvar vestibulitis, a subset of vulvodynia, which some doctors accept as being related to diet, and it has indeed improved to a degree on the gluten-free diet for me. (though there were a number of other treatments (estrogen, physical therapy with biofeedback, antihistamines, and testosterone - not to mention getting off of the pill, avoiding nonoxyl-9, and not wearing pants) that I did that made even more of a difference.)

do please talk to your doctor about getting to the cause of this. if your doctor is not helpful, don't stop looking for a doctor. many doctors, even gynecologists, are not trained in vulvar pain, and it may take a number of tries to find someone who even knows that the problem is, let alone can find a treatment method that works for you.

(of course, I'll hope for you that it's only a sensitivity to N-9 or latex, though. :-)

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Hi Guys,

Aww you are all so great!!! Thanks for not thinking im some sex freak or something. I am just trying to live life like a normal human being like everyone else!

Thanks for the input!

HUGS!

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