Dyspareunia is actually the word derived from Greek language and its meaning is “badly mated” or “difficulty in mating”.

Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) refers to persistent and recurring pain during sexual intercourse in the genital area or within the pelvis accompanied by a burning sensation. The pain can be moderate or severe.

Painful intercourse can affect both men and women but it is more common in women than men. Women of all age groups are at risk of dyspareunia but especially young women are more prone to this risk.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Symptoms include:

  • Icon Tick Burning or itching sensation during penetration

  • Icon Tick Pain in vagina along with burning sensation

  • Icon Tick Pain deep in pelvis during intercourse

  • Icon Tick Throbbing sensation that lasts for a longer time after intercourse

  • Icon Tick Repeated pain during intercourse while partner thrusts

  • Icon Tick Stabbing pain feeling like menstrual cramps

  • Icon Tick Inability to get aroused and attain orgasm

  • Icon Tick Pain while inserting a tampon

  • Icon Tick Watery discharge from your vagina

  • Icon Tick Less interest in having sex

Causes of Dyspareunia

  • Icon Tick Hormonal changes before or during menopause

  • Icon Tick breastfeeding

  • Icon Tick emotional problems

  • Icon Tick Skin diseases affecting vaginal area

  • Icon Tick An injury scar after childbirth and irritation in or around your vagina

  • Icon Tick Urinary infections

  • Icon Tick Spontaneous tightening of the muscles of vaginal wall

  • Icon Tick surgery in your lower abdomen

  • Icon Tick Constipation

  • Icon Tick Use of drugs, alcohol, or medicines

When to call a professional

Sexual intercourse should never be painful though it may be uncomfortable the very first time. If you suddenly start feeling pain before, during or after sexual intercourse, speak to your doctor.

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