Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Dyspareunia Overview

Another name for Dyspareunia is Painful Intercourse.

What is painful intercourse?
A woman with painful intercourse has recurrent discomfort in the abdomen or genitals that occurs during intercourse, or soon after intercourse. Almost all women experience episodes of dyspareunia at some point during their lives. Common causes of dyspareunia include poor lubrication, medication side effects, vaginal injury, vaginitis, allergic reactions to creams or lotions, menopause, pelvic inflammatory disease, urinary tract infection, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, radiation therapy, surgery, and depression.

What are the symptoms of painful intercourse?
Symptoms that occur with painful intercourse include skin redness, skin rash, skin swelling, blisters, skin lesion, lower abdominal pain, painful menstrual periods, vaginal dryness, vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, painful urination, irregular vaginal bleeding, anxiety, and depression.

How does the doctor treat painful intercourse?
Treatment for painful intercourse depends on the underlying cause. General treatment may include vaginal lubricants, estrogen for menopause, and sexual counseling.

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