What is dyspareunia?
Painful intercourse can occur at any age and can be caused by a variety of reasons. Infections, inflammation, injuries, and other conditions or illnesses such as vaginismus, endometriosis, retroverted uterus, or uterine fibroids can all cause symptoms of painful intercourse. However, for most women, dyspareunia is caused by insufficient vaginal lubrication.
Insufficient lubrication is an issue that affects a great number of women. Approximately 40% of women have reported experiencing insufficient lubrication during sexual activity. Attempting to have intercourse when vaginal lubrication is not sufficient can result in pain during and after penetration, as well as a burning, throbbing and itching sensation. Symptoms can last hours after intercourse is complete.