Pain During Intercourse (cont.)
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What Are the Symptoms of Painful Intercourse (Sex)?
Symptoms of pain related to sexual intercourse can occur when entry is attempted or during and/or immediately following sexual intercourse.
Pain during intercourse may be described as primary or secondary; as complete or situational; and as superficial-entrance or deep thrust types.
A woman may perceive pain during intercourse even without any physical cause. Sexual pain without an apparent physical cause may have a psychological origin.
When to Seek Medical Care for Painful Intercourse (Sex)
A woman should always consult a health-care professional if she is experiencing new or worsening pain, bleeding, or discharge following intercourse.
Pain related to intercourse is a condition most appropriately checked by a primary health-care professional or a women's health specialist (gynecologist). Other specialists, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist or a urologist, may also be consulted depending on the underlying cause.
Pain during intercourse is generally not an emergency. A woman should seek care in a hospital's emergency department if she experiences any of the following symptoms:
Last Reviewed 11/21/2017
John G McManus Jr, MD
Richard D Warren, MD
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