If You Suffer from Painful Intercourse – You’re Not Alone
Almost 20% of women experiencing perimenopause report occasional pain during intercourse and 5% experience it on most occasions.
What is Dyspareunia?
When someone has dyspareunia, they have constant vaginal pain before, during, or after intercourse. Women seem to experience it more frequently throughout menopause and perimenopause.
Intraorbital or surface dyspareunia and deep pain are the two different forms of dyspareunia (collision dyspareunia). The initial puncture at the entry causes pain. Deep penetration during certain sexual positions frequently causes severe pain in the cervix or lower abdomen region.
Symptoms of Dyspareunia
The symptoms of this condition include:
- Pain or burning sensation
- Pain during thrusting
- Pain at sexual entry
- Throbbing pain after intercourse
- Pain with every penetration
- Having tensed muscles or spasms
Treatment and Management
Having a physical exam (pelvic exam, rectal exam, and pap text), ultrasound, and laparoscopy can locate the source of the pain. Lubrication and medication can help treat dyspareunia.
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-Written by Karen Manalac