Pain During Intercourse (cont.)
Pain During Intercourse Symptoms
Symptoms of pain related to intercourse can occur when entry is attempted or during or immediately following sexual intercourse.
- The most common symptom is pain on entry. The pain may be described as sharp or burning.
- The second most common symptom is deep pain.
- Other symptoms include feelings of muscle spasms, cramps, 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 situations of 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 psychological orgins.
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