But for too many women it does. It can affect mental health, self esteem, body image, and relationships. There are two types of dyspareunia, classified as entry and deep. Entry dyspareunia refers to pain experienced with initial or attempted penetration of the vagina. Deep dyspareunia refers to is pain with deep vaginal penetration.
What causes dyspareunia, or painful intercourse?
Why does sex hurt? - NHS
Painful intercourse can occur for reasons that range from structural problems to psychological concerns. Many women have painful intercourse at some point in their lives. 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. Talk to your doctor if you're having painful intercourse.
Why does sex hurt?
Whilst it's not a topic many of us discuss, sex can sometimes prove a real pain for some women. In fact, around a third of younger and half of older women have suffered from the problem, according to the Sexual Advice Association. As well as discomfort, pain during intercourse can lead to problems in relationships, loss of intimacy and even depression. The good news is that many of these problems can be treated effectively by your GP or after a referral to a gynaecologist - so don't suffer in silence!
Back to Sexual health. If you get pain during or after sex, your body may be trying to tell you something is wrong, so don't ignore it. You may find talking about sex embarrassing, but remember that doctors are used to dealing with problems like this. Call a sexual health clinic if you need help or advice.