What is dyspareunia?

The medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia (dis-puh-ROO-nee-uh), defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. Painful intercourse can occur for reasons that range from structural problems to psychological concerns.

Treatments focus on the cause, and can help eliminate or lessen this common problem.

Dyspareunia may be caused by:

  • Muscles spasm
  • Tight connective tissue or connective tissue disorders
  • Nerve pain
  • Scar tissue
  • Pelvic or hip joint restriction
  • Chronic constipation


If you have painful intercourse, you might feel:

  • Pain only at sexual entry (penetration)
  • Pain with every penetration, including putting in a tampon
  • Deep pain during thrusting
  • Burning pain or aching pain
  • Throbbing pain, lasting hours after intercourse

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