Dyspareunia Specialist

Marina OB/GYN

OB-GYNs & Cosmetic Gynecologists located in Marina Del Rey, CA & Hawthorne, CA

If you feel pain during sex, you’re not alone — nearly 3 out of 4 women experience painful sex, or dyspareunia, at some point. The compassionate and professional providers at Marina OB/GYN help women understand and overcome dyspareunia at two locations in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California. If you experience pain during or after sex, call your nearest clinic or book an appointment online today

Dyspareunia Q & A

What is dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia refers to pain that occurs during or after sexual intercourse. Most women have painful sex at some point in their lives. Pain may be superficial, occurring near the entrance of your vagina, or you may feel it deeper inside your body.

Whether it’s a temporary or long-term issue, you don’t have to deal with pain during sex. The team at Marina OB/GYN works with you to determine the root cause of this problem and develops a personalized treatment plan. 

What causes dyspareunia?

Many things can cause painful sex. The problem can be due to inadequate lubrication, medical conditions, injuries, or emotional factors that reduce your desire to have sex. Common causes of dyspareunia include:

State of mind

Your ability to enjoy sex is closely related to your state of mind. Stress, anxiety, and fatigue can all affect your desire to have sex, while emotions like fear or shame can make it difficult to relax. 

Gynecologic conditions

Pain during sex may be a sign of an underlying gynecologic problem. Conditions that cause painful sex include:

  • Vaginitis caused by a yeast or bacterial infection
  • Vaginismus, or involuntary muscle spasms in the vagina
  • Vulvodynia, which causes pain in the vulva
  • Hormonal changes during menopause
  • Trauma from childbirth

Other medical conditions

Several medical conditions can affect your sexual arousal, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid conditions

Medications

Certain medications, including hormonal birth control and prescription pain relievers, can reduce your desire to have sex.

When should I see an OB/GYN about painful sex?

If painful sex causes you concern, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Marina OB/GYN. Not only does dyspareunia negatively affect your quality of life, frequent and persistent pain during sex may indicate a gynecological condition. Without treatment, many gynecological problems worsen over time. 

How is dyspareunia treated?

Treatment for dyspareunia depends on the cause of your pain. After they review your medical history and perform a physical and pelvic exam, your Marina OB/GYN provider recommends the best treatment for your specific needs. 

Depending on the type, severity, and cause of dyspareunia, treatment may include:

  • Medications to treat an infection or condition
  • At-home treatments like taking baths or using lubricants
  • Counseling or sex therapy

To find relief from painful sex, call Marina OB/GYN or book an appointment online today.