Pain during sex and insertion of tampons affects the quality of your intimate relationships and life’s quality. In the case of dyspareunia, the comfort is linked to emotional and physical aspects, hence the need for a holistic approach. MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists features specialists in women’s health in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, working to regain your sex life. The all-female team takes an empathetic approach to cater to the needs of every patient.
What is Dyspareunia?
Most women experience pain during intercourse at one point or another. In case of chronic pain during any form of vaginal penetration like sex or insertion of tampons, you may have dyspareunia.
In the case of dyspareunia, you are subjected to recurrent/persistent pain before, during, and after intercourse. Your symptoms may include:
· Pain upon vaginal penetration, during sex, or when anything is inside the vagina
· Incessant throbbing pain following sexual intercourse
· Deep vaginal pain during thrusting
· Aching or burning pain
The vaginal discomfort may result from physical and emotional causes.
Causes of Dyspareunia
The painful intercourse results from:
ü Inadequate lubrication
ü Cancer treatments
ü Congenital abnormalities
ü Scarring from surgeries
ü Genital or urinary tract inflammation or infections
ü Medical conditions like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease
ü Involuntary spasming of the vaginal walls/vaginismus
Dyspareunia is also associated with emotional causes. Stress makes the pelvic muscles tense, while depression, anxiety, and intimacy issues affect arousal levels. A history of sexual abuse can also improve your chances of pain during sex.
Diagnosis of Dyspareunia
At MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists, the board-certified team works closely with you to identify the root cause of your pain and determine the best treatment approach. Your provider considers your medical and personal history and asks about your symptoms and sexual history.
Your provider also performs a thorough physical examination in a pelvic exam to pinpoint signs of infection, irritation, and structural anomalies. You may experience slight discomfort during the insertion of a speculum to hold the vaginal walls open.
For the best experience, your provider constantly inquires about your discomfort and stops whenever you are unable to take the pain. She uses the results of your physical and emotional evaluation to recommend additional tests and possible treatments.
Treatment for Dyspareunia
Treatment of dyspareunia requires a multi-faceted approach for holistic well-being. Your provider may ease the symptoms through:
§ Sexual modifications like lubricants and exploring different positions
§ Counseling or sex therapy to manage emotional factors
§ Learning relaxation techniques for vaginal muscles
§ Vaginal rejuvenation treatments like ThermiVa® therapy
§ Medication to correct lubrication problems or treat infections
§ Treatment for medical issues like ovarian cysts
Other Services Offered at MyDoc Women’s Health
The all-women specialists also specialize in:
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Pelvic floor therapy
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) testing
Human PapillomaVirus (HPV)
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
As highlighted above, treatment for dyspareunia may take a multi-faceted approach to cater to emotional and physical aspects. The all-women team at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists can help you move past pain during sex or vaginal penetration for a better relationship.