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Painful Intercourse

Painful Intercourse

A common symptom of endometriosis and other pelvic pain conditions is painful intercourse (dyspareunia). Dyspareunia is a persistent or recurrent pain that can happen during sexual intercourse.

Not only can painful intercourse take a physical toll on a woman, the emotional impact and relationship tension can be just as detrimental. If you are experiencing pain with intercourse, your concerns should be addressed as soon as possible!

Painful intercourse can be caused by a variety of conditions including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Vulvodynia (vaginal dryness)
  • Vaginal infections

When you experience painful intercourse, sex is not enjoyable and can be distressing for both you and your partner. Some women may experience an aching, burning, throbbing, or ripping sensation during sex. Painful sex may be felt in the vulva or vagina, during or after. Many women also report pain in the perineum (the small stretch of skin in between your vagina and anus), pelvis, lower back, bladder, and/or uterus. Such pain and discomfort will make you and maybe or partner dissatisfied and disinterested with sex as a result.

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