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Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia means painful sexual intercourse and can occur in both men and women.  It can happen at any time during sex - for example, at the time of penetration, erection, or ejaculation.  Eventually, if pain from intercourse is ongoing, an individual may lose interest in any sexual activity.

 

The common causes of dyspareunia include:

The treatment, of course, depends upon the diagnosis regarding the underlying cause of the pain (for example, if vaginal dryness is the problem, a physician may recommend the use of lubricants; if an infection is the cause, the individual may be prescribed antibiotics).  It is notable, however, that dyspareunia can have psychological effects even when the root cause is a physical one. For example, ongoing dyspareunia can lead to depression, anxiety, or relationship difficulties. Unfortunately, dyspareunia and other sexual disorders are often not diagnosed because women rarely seek medical assistance to discuss problems of sexuality.

 


 

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