A new study concludes that 7 percent of women feel pain during sex. Here are some of the causes and some possible solutions. They might have intercourse about as often as other couples do but hide the pain from their partners. The truth is, you can get relief from treatment and counseling, and telling a partner is also a good place to start. Rosen and other researchers reported that communication on this issue improves sexual satisfaction for both people.
Sexual Health: Female Pain During Sex (Dyspareunia)
Painful Sex: What Women Can Do
Pain during intercourse is very common—nearly 3 out of 4 women have pain during intercourse at some time during their lives. For some women, the pain is only a temporary problem; for others, it is a long-term problem. The internal female reproductive organs and the external female genitals. Pain during sex may be a sign of a gynecologic problem, such as ovarian cysts or endometriosis. Pain during sex also may be caused by problems with sexual response, such as a lack of desire the feeling of wanting to have sex or a lack of arousal the physical and emotional changes that occur in the body as a result of sexual stimulation. You may feel pain in your vulva , in the area surrounding the opening of your vagina called the vestibule , or within your vagina. The perineum is a common site of pain during sex.
Pain during or after sex
Back to Sexual health. If you get pain during or after sex, your body may be trying to tell you something is wrong, so don't ignore it. Find a sexual health clinic near you. You may find talking about sex embarrassing, but remember that doctors are used to dealing with problems like this. They'll try to find the cause of the problem and be able to tell you whether you need any treatment.
The following situations and conditions can contribute to or cause pain during intercourse or other forms of penetration. The first few times you have intercourse or experience vaginal penetration, you may feel a small to moderate amount of pain at the entrance to the vagina. There can be some bleeding or no bleeding at all—both are normal.