Dyspareunia is commonly called painful intercourse and can vary in the way that symptoms present themselves. Often caused by physical or emotional factors, understanding the causes of dyspareunia can help alleviate pain and make intercourse and life more enjoyable.
Pain during intercourse may be caused by a variety of conditions which may include:
It is often difficult to determine if psychological factors are the leading cause of dyspareunia or not. The initial pain may lead to a future fear of the pain returning again and again which will in turn make it nearly impossible to relax during intercourse. Not being able to relax will likely result in more pain during intercourse due to tight muscle contractions.
If you find that certain activities create more pain within your body, it is advised that you stop the activity that is associated with the pain until you can talk to a qualified consultant.