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?
Burning or itching sensation during penetration
Pain in vagina along with burning sensation
Pain deep in pelvis during intercourse
Throbbing sensation that lasts for a longer time after intercourse
Repeated pain during intercourse while partner thrusts
Stabbing pain feeling like menstrual cramps
Inability to get aroused and attain orgasm
Pain while inserting a tampon
Watery discharge from your vagina
Less interest in having sex
Causes of Dyspareunia
Hormonal changes before or during menopause
Skin diseases affecting vaginal area
An injury scar after childbirth and irritation in or around your vagina
Spontaneous tightening of the muscles of vaginal wall
surgery in your lower abdomen
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.