Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)

Is Pain During Sex Ever Normal?

The medical term for painful sex is dyspareunia. 

Sex shouldn’t be painful. However, nearly three out of four women will experience some sort of painful sex in their lifetime.

 Painful sex (also known as dyspareunia) can interfere with getting pregnant. For one, painful sex may indicate an underlying medical condition that is negatively affecting your fertility.

Second, painful sex itself can make getting pregnant difficult to impossible. If you can’t tolerate sexual intercourse, especially around the time of ovulation, you won’t be able to get pregnant.

Learn what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to sexual pain, what medical conditions may cause painful intercourse, and what you should do if you’re facing this problem.