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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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