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Female Sexual Pain Syndromes

Female sexual pain syndromes causing painful intercourse can occur for a number of reasons. Many women have painful intercourse at some point in their lives.

The medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia ('dis-puh-ROO-nee-uh'), which the Mayo Clinic defines as "... persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse."

Vaginismus:

Involuntary muscle spasms involving the superficial and deep pelvic floor muscles that typically cause painful entry, limiting or preventing intercourse, tampon insertion or pelvic exams. Women with vaginismus do not always experience "pain" and often report the feeling of their partner or a tampon "hitting a wall". Pain is also a common presentation when partial or complete penetration occurs. It may also present as minor discomfort with tampons, pelvic exams or intercoruse.

See http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaginismus/Pages/Introduction.aspx for more information.

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Dyspareunia:

From Wikipedia:
"Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse due to medical or psychological causes. The symptoms are significantly more common in women than in men. The pain can primarily be on the external surface of the genitalia, or deeper in the pelvis upon deep pressure against the cervix. It can affect a small portion of the vulva or vagina or be felt all over the surface. Understanding the duration, location, and nature of the pain is important in identifying the causes of the pain."

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Vulvodynia:

Vulvodynia means “vulvar pain” or pain of the external female genital region. Symptoms include burning, stinging, and irritation of the tissues in this region. Light touch or pressure can cause severe pain with sitting, walking, riding a bicycle, and sexual intercourse.

Some links to more information:

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Vulvar Vestibulitis/Vestibulodynia:

Vulvar Vestibulitis/Vestibulodynia is a form of vulvodynia with tenderness specific to the vulvar vestibule. This occurs with pressure to the site causing pain at the vaginal opening with touch or attempted penetration (provoked vestibulodynia) or can also present as constant or frequent pain, irritation, or itching of the vulvar vestibule (unprovoked vestibulodynia). Tissues may also be red or swollen at times.

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Anorgasmia (no orgasm) or Diminished Orgasms

Anorgasmia is the persistent inability to achieve orgasm despite responding to sexual stimulation. The Mayo Clinic further defines as the lack of orgasms distresses you or interferes with your relationship with your partner. You can read more about female anorgasmia here.

Diminished orgasms are a reduction in the intensity of an orgasm in comparison to previous experiences.

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