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Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse), Primary

canstockphoto2000608What Is Primary Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)?

Dyspareunia is a distressing female genital disorder characterized by pain during or after coitus involving the labia, vagina or pelvis.

There are two types of dyspareunia: primary which affect the vagina itself in the abscence of pelvic pathology and secondary which involves problems in the pelvis other than the vagina.1

  • Causes of primary dyspareunia include hormone changes in menopause, Sjogrens syndrome, diabetes, psychological conditions, and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Causes of secondary dyspareunia include problems with uterus, bowel disease, urinary tract infection, uterine prolapse, and pelvic disease such as endometriosis and cancer.

Q: How common is dypareunia?

A: Dyspareunia is the most common cause of pelvic pain in women.2

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  1. Osayande AS, Mehulic S. Diagnosis and initial management of dysmenorrhea. Am Fam Physician. 2014 Mar 1;89(5):341-6. 

  2. Osayande AS, Mehulic S. Diagnosis and initial management of dysmenorrhea. Am Fam Physician. 2014 Mar 1;89(5):341-6. 

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