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Dyspareunia in Women

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia is pain during intercourse (sex). You may have pain before, during, or after sex. You may have pain every time you have sex, or only certain times. You may have had pain since the first time you had sex, or the pain might start suddenly. Dyspareunia may cause you to feel embarrassed or cause problems in your relationship with your partner. Many causes of dyspareunia can be treated. It is important for you to talk with your healthcare provider about your symptoms.

What causes or increases my risk for dyspareunia?

What are the signs and symptoms of dyspareunia?

Signs and symptoms will depend on the cause. You may have any of the following:

How is dyspareunia diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your vagina for possible causes of your pain. Your bladder, rectum, or other parts of your lower abdomen may also need to be examined.

How is dyspareunia treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage dyspareunia?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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