40% of Women Experience Pain During Intercourse

40% of Women Experience Pain During Intercourse

It is called dyspareunia and means “pain during sex”: many women suffer from it, but they don’t talk about it. The widespread problem especially after menopause.

 

There are women who not only experience no pleasure during sexual intercourse but even feel pain. This pathological condition has a name and like most medical terms it has a Greek origin. But few know it and very few talk about it.

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It is called dyspareunia and according to a study published in the journal and Menopause four out of ten women suffer from it: it is the pain that a woman feels during sexual intercourse. According to another study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, dyspareunia affects one in ten women. In reality, the official statistics speak of a percentage between 12 and 15 percent in young women which rises to 44 percent in women of menopause age. In all cases, there are treatments and we should talk more about them: the studies that exist on the subject are always inaccurate because many women are reluctant to confess the pain.

 

Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia (from the Greek, dys, bad, and parents, which lies next to it) is a pain that a woman feels in the area of ​​the vagina or pelvis during sexual intercourse. It is part of the Sexual Pain Disorders, that is, those painful disorders that appear during sexual activity. The disorder clearly has an impact on the quality of life, not only of the woman but also of the couple. Both physical and psychological factors come into play in dyspareunia. From the organic point of view upstream there are often problems due to genitourinary diseases, venereal diseases or chronic inflammation. But often behind this pain are hidden variables of a psychological nature, linked to traumatic situations or life-problems of various kinds. Depending on the location of the pain, we speak of superficial dyspareunia, if the disturbances are localized in the first part of the vagina and appear even at the first attempts of penetration, and of deep dyspareunia if the pain is associated with complete penetration. It should be investigated if there are inflammation or infections behind this problem if the contraceptive method is the right one and if there is discomfort in experiencing sexual intercourse. You have to talk to a specialist and find the cause, which can be organic, psychological or, more likely, a combination of both, as Kate Lough, a specialist at Western Infirmary in Glasgow points out. if the contraceptive method is the right one and if there is discomfort in experiencing sexual intercourse. You have to talk to a specialist and find the cause, which can be organic, psychological or, more likely, a combination of both, as Kate Lough, a specialist at Western Infirmary in Glasgow points out. if the contraceptive method is the right one and if there is discomfort in experiencing sexual intercourse. You have to talk to a specialist and find the cause, which can be organic, psychological or, more likely, a combination of both, as Kate Lough, a specialist at Western Infirmary in Glasgow points out.

Menopause

However, one of the most recurrent variables in this pain is the age and the entry into menopause: with the fall of estrogen, which helps to keep the vaginal walls moist, vaginal dryness can occur which is at the origin of the problem. For this reason, on a purely physical level, the painful sensation can be relieved by hormone replacement therapy or even simply by vaginal moisturizers. 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, intestine. Precisely the fact that the problem concerns more women who are no longer very young further increases the silence since the sexually active woman at a certain age is even more embarrassed than the young woman to address the subject. Breaking the silence, as always, is the first thing to break that vicious circle that adds pain and tension to an already frustrating situation, superimposing organic aspects on psychological aspects.

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