Dealing with Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)

If you’re experiencing painful intercourse, also called dyspareunia, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the condition affects up to 20 percent of U.S. women, meaning millions are dealing with this chronic condition, and many are hesitant to seek help. However, there are a number of steps women can take to reduce pain and resume healthy and comfortable sexual activity once they learn how to treat dyspareunia naturally.

 

Dyspareunia Causes & Symptoms

First, it’s important to define dyspareunia. The diagnosis is given to those who have suffered a range of physical or psychological factors that have caused them to feel pain during sexual intercourse. Among the physical contributors are conditions like vaginismus, in which the pelvic-floor muscles tighten involuntarily, and vulvodynia, connected to chronic pain upon pressure to the vulva. Cancer that affects the reproductive organs has also been shown to lead to painful intercourse, as have congenital abnormalities. Incidents of pelvic trauma can contribute to the condition, ranging from rape or sexual violence to childbirth. Post-menopausal women are particularly at risk for the condition, as vaginal dryness and estrogen deficiencies, common among women after menopause, can be contributing factors to dyspareunia.

 

Treatments for Painful Intercourse

While the condition can cause physical pain and discomfort, it also prompts many women to avoid or limit sexual contact, ultimately impacting their relationships and lifestyles. However, there are therapies that have been proven to provide relief. Women should first undergo a thorough medical examination to ensure they’re matched with the right course of treatment. Some women may find that topical estrogen or DHEA treatments to enhance lubrication are effective, while others opt for medication or breathing exercises to assist with relaxing the vaginal area. In combination with these therapies, BioMoi’s vaginal dilators can provide enhanced relief for women experiencing painful intercourse and offer a dyspareunia treatment that’s natural.

Using vaginal dilators as part of treatment helps stretch the vaginal muscles and promote natural elasticity. Made of antimicrobial silicone, BioMoi’s dilators gently glide into the vaginal opening smoothly and are offered in six different sizes to fit each woman’s body. Safety was among the top concerns as we designed our dilators—the antimicrobial products eliminate 99.99% of harmful bacteria—as we aim to get women back on the path to a healthy and fulfilling sex life.

-Dr. Neysa Whiteman, M.D. FACOG
Gynecology