My friend says that the reason it hurts still when I have sex is because of an infection, apparently you can get this infection from having no sexual contact. Is this true?

It is hard to say exactly what is going on, but we can try and clear a few things up for you!

Pain during and after intercourse could be due to rough contact.  It is very important to communicate with partners.  If you are experiencing pain, it is important partners know that and stop. Pain could also be due to a lack of lubrication.  The vagina and penis self lubricate naturally, but sometimes extra lubrication is needed! Keep plenty of water-based lubricant on hand, especially when you’re using a condom.

Pain during intercourse can also be a sign of an infection. Some infections like yeast and Bacterial Vaginosis can occur organically from imbalances in the body (stress, diet, and clothing can all contribute to this). These are not STIs, but can be treated. Some of these infections may resolve themselves, but others require medical treatment.

If the pain continues it would be a good idea to see a medical professional to see exactly what is going on. You can do this at Teen Clinic. Give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment.