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How common is painful sex?
Pain during intercourse is very common—nearly 3 out of 4 women have pain during intercourse at some time during their lives. For some women, the pain is only a temporary problem; for others, it is a long-term problem.
What causes pain during sex?
Pain during sex may be a sign of a gynecologic problem, such as ovarian cysts or endometriosis. Pain during sex also may be caused by problems with sexual response, such as a lack of desire (the feeling of wanting to have sex) or a lack of arousal (the physical and emotional changes that occur in the body as a result of sexual stimulation).
Where is pain during sex felt?
You may feel pain in your vulva, in the area surrounding the opening of your vagina (called the vestibule), or within your vagina. The perineum is a common site of pain during sex. You also may feel pain in your lower back, pelvic region, uterus, or bladder.
Female Pelvic Anatomy
The internal female reproductive organs and the external female genitals.
Causes of Sexual Pain
- Vaginal Infection
- Cervical Infection
- Ovarian Problems
- Sexually Transmitted Disease
- Injury or Trauma
- Emotional and Psychological Factors
- Painful Bladder Syndrome
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Hormonal Factors
- Musculoskeletal – Pelvic Floor Factors