Many women who have been raped or abused as children have dyspareunia. Even when a woman wishes to have with someone later, the act of may trigger memories of the trauma and interfere with her enjoyment of the act. Symptoms include a burning, ripping, tearing, or aching sensation associated with penetration. The pain can be at the opening, deep in the pelvis, or anywhere between. It may also be felt throughout the entire pelvic area and the organs and may occur only with deep thrusting. For men , the condition can result from such disorders as irritation of the skin due to an allergic rash; physical abnormalities, like a tight foreskin or a bowed erection; and infections of the prostate gland or testes. Medications are prescribed to treat infections. Inflammation and infection are treated with antibiotics, antifungal drugs, and other drugs as appropriate. A water-based lubricant may help ease discomfort and friction. However, avoid oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, since they dissolve the latex in condoms and may actually promote infection.
Causes of Dyspareunia
Common Causes and Risk factors of Dyspareunia
- Female genital mutilation.
- Psychological factors ( Anxiety and Depression ).
- Bladder or other urinary tract disorders.
- Cancer in the organs or the pelvic region. .
- Allergies to spermicides or to the latex in condoms and diaphragm
Signs and Symptoms of Dyspareunia
Common Sign and Symptoms of Dyspareunia
- Prolapsed Uterus.
- Tipped or Retroverted Uterus.
- Vault Prolapse.
Treatment for Dyspareunia
Common Treatment for Dyspareunia
- Medications are prescribed to treat infections.
- Try a different brand or consider using alternate methods of birth control.
- A water-based lubricant may help ease discomfort and friction.
- Avoid oil-based lubricants, such as petroleum jelly, since they dissolve the latex in condoms.
- Using a topical estrogen cream or suppository or taking estrogen by mouth can help.
- Recommending a change in coital position to one admitting less penetration.