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Painful sex in men and women

Dr Louisa Draper

"Pain during sex can be caused by a range of conditions. The causes can be physical or psychological."

Dr Louisa Draper

Painful sex (also known as dyspareunia) can be caused by lots of different things, depending on your age, stage of life and gender. It is a common problem, and although it is more common in women, it can happen to men, too.

One of the most important things to note if you’re suffering from painful sex is where you feel the pain. Identifying if it’s close to the vaginal opening or deeper inside will help your doctor to diagnose what could be causing your problems. 

The causes of painful sex can be physical or psychological. Our emotions are linked to sexual activity, and hidden emotional issues around sex can be both a cause and effect of pain during sex.