Whilst it's not a topic many of us discuss, sex can sometimes prove a real pain for some women. In fact, around a third of younger and half of older women have suffered from the problem, according to the Sexual Advice Association. As well as discomfort, pain during intercourse can lead to problems in relationships, loss of intimacy and even depression. The good news is that many of these problems can be treated effectively by your GP or after a referral to a gynaecologist - so don't suffer in silence! Many women suffer a degree of discomfort during intercourse from time to time, but when should we seek help for our symptoms? Vaginismus is a mind-body response to the fear of vaginal penetration - the vaginal muscles tigh
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Pain during sex, or dyspareunia, can cause problems in a couple's sexual relationship. Painful intercourse can have negative emotional effects in addition to the physical pain. There are many effective treatment options available so patients should discuss their symptoms with a physician. In many cases, a woman can experience pain during sex if there is not sufficient vaginal lubrication.