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Dyspareunia (Painful Intercourse)

Common but Not-Normal and Highly Treatable!

What is Dyspareunia?

  • Dyspareunia, or pain associated with intercourse, can be experienced during penetration, with thrusting, or both in women.  In men, it can be felt at the tip of the penis, in the perineum (space between the testicles and anus), in the testicles or in the anus. It can also be used to describe the pain felt after intercourse, which may or may not be accompanied by pain during intercourse.

The majority of time, pain during or after intercourse may be caused by:

  • Muscle tension in the pelvic floor (overactivity)

  • Connective tissue tension at the opening or anywhere in the pelvic girdle (often leads to vestibulodynia)

  • Skin disorders in the vulva

  • Episiotomy scars

  • Post-partum injury caused by forceps, or other extraction devices

  • Pudendal Neuralgia

  • Sensitized visceral organs such as the bladder or uterus

  • Sensitive Nervous System; anxiety, stress, tension

These are all areas that can be addressed by Physio Works Muskoka and should be seen conservatively before medical or surgical intervention is considered. 


Skin disorders of the vulva will need to be examined by a medical professional.

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