Many women experience some physical discomfort with sex at some point in their lives. There are multiple causes, some with relatively simple solutions and others with more complexity. Most women who have pain with intercourse find it quite distressing and many find it difficult to discuss with their partners, friends or medical providers. Often fear of the unknown or the advice from “Dr. Google” create barriers to accessing appropriate care.
The pain of dyspareunia may be felt at entry, or more deeply in the vagina. Causes of pain with entry may be due to lack of lubrication, a vaginal infection, puedendal nerve inflammation or a muscular contraction of the vaginal introitus. Deeper pain may be from pelvic floor dysfunction, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, prolapse or other disorders.
Knowledge is power, ladies. After a clear diagnosis, most of us feel better equipped to face our challenges. Left untreated, dyspareunia can lead to lack of sexual interest, relationship issues, mental health issues… often feeding a downward spiral which is not helpful. If you are experiencing pain with sex, I urge to seek professional help. Personally, I would be honored to walk that path with you. Please call us at 503-287-4970 for a free consultation.
Linda Anzalone, WHNP