Painful intercourse can be one of those sexual health issues few of us want to talk or ask about. Talking and asking can be important.

In Painful Sex (Dyspareunia): What Is Dyspareunia? the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Pain with intercourse affects:

  • Women of all ages, with young women the most likely to be affected
  • Menopausal and postmenopausal women due to decreased elasticity of their vaginal walls, increased vaginal dryness and narrowing of the vaginal opening
  • Women who have surgical menopause (removal of the ovaries because of medical reasons)”.

In Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia): Overview the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

Meno Martha and Painful Intercourse

“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. Treatments focus on the cause, and can help eliminate or lessen this common problem”.

Meno Martha and Painful IntercourseIn the video Moisturizers, Lubricants, and Prasterone in the North American Menopause Society’s Video Series-2018 the importance of talking is discussed:

“In this latest video, Moisturizers, Lubricants, and Prasterone, Dr. Shapiro interviews Dr. Nicholas Panay, British obstetrician/gynecologist and General Secretary-Elect of the International Menopause Society. Dr Panay discusses the importance of talking about painful intercourse with your clinician. Dr. Panay explains various treatment options, including the difference between moisturizers and lubricants, and how FDA-approved nonestrogen prasterone may help if over-the-counter remedies do not”.

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Last Updated: 19 February 2018 – Last Revised: 19 February 2018
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