What is dyspareunia?
Dyspareunia (say: "dis-par-oon-ya") is painful sexual intercourse for women. The pain can be in the genital area or deep inside the pelvis. The pain is often described as sharp, burning or similar to menstrual cramps. It can have many causes. It is important to talk to your doctor if you have this problem because there are effective treatments for many of the causes.
Where can I turn for help?
Discuss your symptoms with your doctor. Depending on the situation, you may need to see a doctor who specializes in women's problems. Various support groups are also available.
Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis of Dyspareunia by Lori J. Heim, LTC, USAF, MC (American Family Physician April 15, 2001, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010415/1535.html)
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