Pain During Intercourse (cont.)
Symptoms of Pain During Intercourse
Symptoms of pain related to sexual intercourse can occur when entry is attempted or during
and/or immediately following sexual intercourse.
The most common symptom is pain on entry
(intromission). The pain may be described as sharp or burning.
The second most common symptom is deep pain.
Other symptoms include feelings of muscle spasms,
pelvic cramping, or muscle tightness.
Pain during intercourse may be described as primary or secondary; as complete or situational; and as superficial-entrance or deep thrust types.
Primary pain with intercourse is pain that has existed for the woman's entire sexual lifetime.
Secondary pain develops after a symptom-free period of time.
Complete pain means the woman experiences pain in all times during intercourse.
Situational pain occurs with a particular partner or a certain type of stimulation.
Superficial-entrance pain is noticeable at penetration.
Deep thrust pain is located at the cervix or in the lower abdominal area and is noticeable during or after penetration.
A woman may perceive pain during intercourse even without any physical cause. Sexual pain without an apparent physical cause may have
a psychological origin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/16/2016
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