“Dyspareunia (difficult mating) is defined as genital pain that occurs before, during, or after intercourse. The repeated experience of pain during intercourse can cause marked distress, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties, leading to anticipation of a negative sexual experience and eventually to sexual avoidance.”American Psychiatric Association, 4th ed. 1994
Dyspareunia can occur in women and men. Some sources estimate dyspareunia occurs in two-thirds of all women. The medical literature does not quantify the number of men with this condition; however, it is a symptom of prostatitis.
Vaginal infections or infections of the prostate are the most common successfully-treated causes of dyspareunia.Continue reading “Dyspareunia is Painful Sex in Women and Men”