Alternate Names : Painful Sexual Intercourse, Pain with Intercourse
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Prevention depends on the cause. Using safer sex practices will prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted disease (STDs). This may prevent other complications. Sensitivity foreplay and patience will allow for more vaginal lubrication. If estrogen levels are low, estrogen supplements may help. Psychological causes for sexual inhibitions should be explored and treated.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
The long-term effects rely on breaking or preventing a cycle of pain, negative memories, and avoiding sex. This cycle may destroy a sexually intimate relationship.
If other physical problems exist, diagnosis and treatment may prevent long-term complications.
What are the risks to others?
Dyspareunia is not a contagious condition. If the cause of dyspareunia is an untreated STD, there is a risk of spreading the disease to a partner.