Consequences of Dyspareunia

Currently in a Relationship

There is no doubt that painful intercourse has a significant impact on sexual relationships.

Although Dyspareunia is often considered a women's problem, it is essentially a couple's problem and it may even be a relationship deal-breaker.

It is commonly seen that couples seek therapy because Dyspareunia has become highly problematic or when they want to have children.

Partners of women with Dyspareunia

Partners of women with Dyspareunia may feel confused as to what is happening exactly and may not understand why sexual intercourse is being avoided.

DyspareuniaPartners may:

  • Feel concerned about their partner's interest in them/physical attraction to them
  • Be worried about doing something wrong sexually and not being able to get their partner aroused enough to enjoy sexual pleasure
  • Be worried about hurting their partner
  • Are distressed about their partner's wellbeing
  • Feel frustrated about not being able to be intimate with their partner
  • Be confused about where to go for support

Currently NOT in a Relationship

When not in a relationship, Dyspareunia may prevent a woman from approaching new partners or starting a new relationship. They may feel ashamed and embarrassed and therefore isolate themselves.

Seeking treatment for Dyspareunia is important in order to treat any underlying medical and physical condition as soon as possible and also in order to increase your confidence and your self-esteem to feel empowered to enter in a new relationship or to start meeting people again.


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