Painful Intercourse – Dyspareunia

Painful Intercourse

Painful Intercourse / Dyspareunia in Greenbelt

Pain from sexual activity, either before, during, or after stimulation, is more common than you might think. In fact, nearly 75% of women will experience painful intercourse (dyspareunia) during their lifetime according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean you have to accept it. 

This type of recurring pain can be disturbing if not traumatic for women. It can have a significant impact on your intimate life and affect your daily life as well. There are treatments available to manage or in some cases cure dyspareunia, and you should speak to your gynecologist if you are experiencing symptoms. 

What Are the Types of Dyspareunia?

The location of your pain determines the type of dyspareunia you have:

  • Entry pain (intraorbital or superficial dyspareunia): Felt at the entrance of the vagina, this type of pain occurs during initial penetration. It is often caused by vaginal dryness, infection, or infection. 
  • Deep pain (collision dyspareunia): If you experience pain in the cervix or your lower abdomen, you may have collision dyspareunia. It occurs during deep penetration and is sometimes made worse with certain sexual positions. It is usually a health condition or previous surgery that causes this type of painful intercourse. 

Painful intercourse can also be classified in one of four ways:

  • Primary: Painful intercourse that started upon becoming sexually active. 
  • Secondary: Pain that starts after experiencing pain-free sex.
  • Complete: Pain felt during every sexual encounter. 
  • Situational: Pain that occurs only at certain times. 

What Causes Pain During Sexual Activity?

Painful intercourse can have many causes. Vaginal atrophy, cervical abnormalities, problems with your uterus, endometriosis, and STIs are just a few. Seeking care is essential if you are experiencing recurring painful intercourse since it could be due to a health condition for which you need treatment. 

What Are the Symptoms of Dyspareunia?

Aside from pain during sex, you may also experience burning, cramping, muscle spasms, and/or muscle tightness. 

How Is Dyspareunia Diagnosed?

Before a pelvic exam, your doctor will gather information regarding your medical history, health conditions, medications, and symptoms. Your gynecologist will want to check your pelvis, vagina, uterus, and abdomen. It’s possible you’ll have tests like an ultrasound or laparoscopy. 

What Are My Treatment Options for Dyspareunia?

In some cases, painful intercourse can be treated without the need for medical intervention. Sometimes, using a water-based lubricant helps. 

If treatment is needed, your gynecologist might suggest estrogen cream for vaginal dryness, desensitizing therapy, or counseling for improving sexual intimacy. It is also possible you might benefit from vaginal rejuvenation, which can be done surgically or non-surgically through technology such as radiofrequency (RF) energy. 

Can Painful Intercourse Be Prevented?

Unfortunately, this is often a condition you don’t have much control over. What you can do is be proactive. Practice safe sex and good hygiene to help prevent certain causes of dyspareunia such as infections. Also, schedule regular checkups with your gynecologist. 

Where Is the Best Place to Go for Dyspareunia Treatment in Greenbelt?

At Women’s HealthCare Specialists, our top priority is making sure women receive compassionate, comprehensive care. We take women’s health very seriously and take a holistic approach that encompasses not only your symptoms but you as a whole no matter your age or stage of life. 

If you are experiencing painful intercourse, please do not suffer in silence. We encourage you to reach out and book your appointment today. Contact us at 301-812-3400, and let’s get started on a plan tailored to meet your needs that will bring joy back to your sex life again. Get the help you need now!