Have painful sex? There’s nothing to feel bad about—it happens with a lot more people than you think.
“Painful sex, medically known as dyspareunia, is a common problem. I see around two to three patients a month about it,” says Dr Kelly Loi, gynaecologist, obstetrician and medical director at the Health and Fertility Centre for Women.
The tricky part is finding out why sex hurts for you, because the causes can be not only physical, but also psychological.
“Communication is paramount. The couple must seek help sooner rather than later because if the issue manifests, cracks could start appearing in the entire relationship.”
Majority of the conditions can be diagnosed and treated. Here are some of the causes of painful sex, and what you can do about them.