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Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)

Dyspareunia - also known as painful intercourse - is recurrent or persistent pain from sexual activity, caused by biological or emotional factors. According to the American Family Physician, about 10% to 20% of U.S. women will experience dyspareunia at some point in their lifetime. 

Factors that can Contribute to Dyspareunia Include

  • Vaginal dryness

  • A side effect from drugs such as tamoxifen, raloxifene, antihistamines, anti hypertensives, and allergy medications

  • Lack of arousal or lubrication

  • Low estrogen, as a result of postpartum, lactation, or menopause

  • Atrophic vaginitis

  • Endometriosis

  • Vulvar vestibulitis 

  • Psychological trauma

  • Past history of sexual abuse or trauma

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