Over the next several blog posts I am going to be talking about Dyspareunia (pronounced dis-pa-roo-nia) which is a diagnosis of painful intercourse. This is something that can affect up to 1 in 5 women, and is one of the most common pain problems in gynecological practice.
Dyspareunia can be caused by many things, including:
- vaginal dryness
- vaginal tissue atrophy associated with hormone changes
- pelvic floor muscle tension
- psychological factors leading to involuntary muscle spasms
- neurological dysfunction
The problem is that many women don't talk about this issue with their doctors or even their friends because they are convinced that they are alone in this problem, or that there is nothing that can be done to change it. However, I am here to tell you that Dyspareunia is treatable! Over the next few weeks, I will be talking about many common diagnoses that contribute to Dyspareunia and what you can do about it.
Come back for my next post where I will be discussing one of the most simple ways to make sex more comfortable...lubrication!