Painful Intercourse Specialist

Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC

Board Certified OB/GYN located in Leesburg, FL & Lady Lake, FL

When you’re suffering from painful intercourse, you can feel all alone. But as many as 75% of women experience pain during sex at some point in their life. Whether your pain is temporary or an ongoing problem, the board-certified obstetrics and gynecology physicians at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC in Leesburg, and Lady Lake, in Florida, can determine if your symptoms are due to an underlying gynecologic issue and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Call or request an appointment online today.

Painful Intercourse Q & A

What is painful intercourse?

Medically referred to as dyspareunia, painful intercourse is common in women and can develop due to an underlying health condition, hormonal changes, or a psychological concern. Your pain can appear before, during, or after intercourse.

The symptoms associated with painful intercourse vary and include:

  • Pain during penetration
  • Pain during thrusting
  • Burning or aching sensation

You can also experience pain well after your sexual encounter.

What causes painful intercourse?

Your painful intercourse can develop from many causes, including medical and psychological. Common gynecological causes include:

  • Ovarian cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Perimenopause
  • Menopause
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginitis
  • Vaginismus

The use of certain medications and other medical conditions like diabetes or a thyroid condition can also cause painful intercourse. Your emotions, as well as the state of your relationship, can affect sexual desire that can lead to discomfort.

When should I see a doctor for my painful intercourse?

You should schedule a consultation with the compassionate physicians at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC if the pain you experience during sexual intercourse is frequent and/or severe. While the pain can be due to a range of causes, the team feels that it's important to rule out an underlying gynecologic cause of your discomfort.

What happens during an evaluation for painful intercourse?

Your doctor at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come to the office with concerns about painful intercourse. During your examination, your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history. You can also expect a physical and pelvic exam.

To confirm or rule out a gynecologic cause of your painful intercourse, your doctor can request diagnostic testing like blood work, urinalysis, or an ultrasound. Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC is a full-service women’s health practice and offers in-house ultrasound for your convenience.

How is painful intercourse treated?

Treating your painful intercourse is individualized based on the underlying cause. If your pain is due to a gynecologic condition, your doctor at Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC provides the most appropriate care to manage the gynecologic concern, which could include medication, hormone therapy, or antibiotics.

Your doctor can also suggest at-home treatments to relieve your discomfort, like the use of lubricants and over-the-counter pain relievers.

For comprehensive care from a compassionate team, call Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida, LLC or request an appointment online today.