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Pain During Intercourse (cont.)

Pain During Intercourse Follow-up

A woman may need to see the following specialists:

  • Gynecologist -- Thorough pelvic examination or testing
  • Urologist -- Evaluation of the bladder and urethra
  • Behavioral health specialist -- Evaluation of possible social or psychological contributors to the problem

Prevention of Painful Intercourse

In an attempt to prevent painful intercourse, a woman might avoid or discontinue use of the following:

  • Perfumed soaps
  • Douching
  • Vaginal perfumes
  • Bubble baths
  • Scented or tinted toilet papers
  • Panty liners or tight synthetic undergarments such as panty hose

Pain During Intercourse Prognosis

Today, the causes of pain during intercourse are frequently discoverable and amenable to treatment. For best results, a team approach is recommended involving all of the specialists listed above.

Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology


Heim, Lori J. "Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis of Dyspareunia." American Family Physician 63.8 (2001): 1535-1545.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/16/2016
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