By Sydni Ellis, December 1, 2021

“The uterus is held in the pelvis by ligaments on either of its sides,” explained Kecia Gaither, M.D., M.P.H., an OB-GYN double-board-certified in maternal fetal medicine and director of perinatal services at New York City Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. “During pregnancy, these round ligaments stretch to accommodate the growing uterus out of the pelvic cavity. This growing and stretching of the ligaments can cause sharp stabbing internal pain or a dull ache with movements.” Movements, like those during sex, can trigger your round ligaments and cause them to suddenly hurt. “Sex can be painful, as the movement can exacerbate the pain,” Gaither said.

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