It is not uncommon for women to experience pain during sex. Indeed, it happens to one woman out of 10. A disorder that has a specific name: dyspareunia, translated means pain during sex. A discomfort of which we are often ashamed, but it would be enough to go to a specialist to solve it. The expert will specifically study the case of the patient who feels pain during sex and will find a personalized solution. In fact, there is no single cure. To deepen the subject is a new study published in an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: “One in ten women experience pain during and after sex”.
“Painful” sex: the causes
According to the scientific journal, this pain during sexual intercourse is caused by various factors, both physical and psychological, it can be linked to venereal diseases, genitourinary pathologies, chronic inflammation or traumatic situations.
Dyspareunia is more likely to occur at the beginning and end of reproductive life, that is, between the ages of 16 and 24, and during menopause. The pains can be felt in the vagina or even more deeply.
Sex and pain: differences between women according to age
In younger women, the inexperience and anxiety with which one approaches sex can count a lot. In menopause, on the other hand, the fact that the vagina is less hydrated is important. The drop in estrogen creates vaginal dryness, so it is recommended to use genital lubricants or moisturizers for sex.
Painful sex: boom in menopause
The problem, however, interferes with the quality of sexual life: many women prefer to avoid intercourse in order not to suffer. According to another study, dating back to a couple of years ago, the threshold of those suffering from dyspareunia rises to 40% among women in menopause.
Dyspareunia, the different types of pain
Depending on the location of the pain, dyspareunia can be superficial, if the disturbances are localized in the first part of the vagina and appear even at the first attempts of penetration, or deep, if the pain is associated with complete penetration.
Not only. In cases of dyspareunia, it should be understood first of all if there are inflammations or infections if the contraceptive method is the right one if there is discomfort in experiencing sexual intercourse.
What is dyspareunia and how is it treated
A further cause of the problem can be episiotomy or the cutting of the perineum after childbirth, or endometriosis, originating from the abnormal presence of the endometrium (the tissue that lines the inner wall of the uterus) in other organs such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneum, vagina, intestines.