What is it?

Dyspareunia is a recurring pain in the genital area or within the pelvis during sexual intercourse. The pain can be sharp or intense. It can occur before, during, or after sexual intercourse. Dyspareunia is more common in women than men. It has many possible causes, but it can be treated.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Painful intercourse

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of Dyspareunia may include:
- Pain only at sexual entry (penetration)
- Pain with every penetration, including putting in a tampon
- Deep pain during thrusting
- Burning pain or aching pain
- Throbbing pain lasting hours after intercourse


Diagnosis of dyspareunia usually incudes:
- A thorough medical history
- A pelvic exam: to check for signs of skin irritation, infection or anatomical problems
- A visual exam of the vagina, using an instrument called a speculum to separate the vaginal walls, might be performed as well
- Pelvic ultrasound


Treatment options vary depending on the cause of the pain.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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