Dyspareunia refers to pain in the pelvic area. It occurs during or after sexual intercourse. This can occur in both men and women. It is more common in women.
The cause is believed to be physical factors at least 75%-80% of the time.
Some pain occurs first at entry but decreases over time. This is often caused by not having enough lubrication. This is often due to a lack of sexual arousal and stimulation. It can also be due to some medications. Antihistamines can cause dryness. Frequent douching can cause problems as well.
Other causes in women include:
Postpartum period after childbirth
Vaginal infections such as yeast vaginitis
Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis—irritation of the vaginal mucosa due to lack of estrogen
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