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How Dangerous Is Dyspareunia & Is It Contagious?

Dyspareunia is a type of painful sexual intercourse. The problem takes place because of medical and/or psychological causes. The pain, in this case, takes place mainly on the genital’s external surface. Even a few individuals experience pain in the deeper area of the pelvis when they experience deep pressure from the cervix.(1)

Dyspareunia type of pain takes place whenever sexual intercourse or similar type of sexual activity involving penetration takes place. The pain, in this case, maybe deep or superficial.(2)

Dyspareunia’s type of pain during sexual intercourse leads to a huge influence on the sex life of a woman. Simultaneously, it affects one’s self-esteem, mental health, body image, and other relationships.(3)

How Dangerous Is Dyspareunia?

How Dangerous Is Dyspareunia?

Whether dyspareunia is dangerous or not depends on living with it:

According to doctors and medical experts, living with the condition of dyspareunia may sometimes become physically uncomfortable. Moreover, in some cases, the disease affects the sexual relationship of an individual. When you anticipate the pain at the time of sex, you may easily avoid the problem. Also, to live with, you have to make certain changes in the specific type of birth control you use. For this, you have to discuss with your doctor to know which birth control pills are convenient and which are not for you.(4)

Is Dyspareunia Contagious?

Now, the question that comes in the mind is that whether painful sexual intercourse i.e. the problem of dyspareunia is contagious or not. For this, we do not have any information but we can easily determine the risk factors related to it.

Dyspareunia may take place in both women and men. However, the condition affects more in the case of women. Especially, the disease mainly takes place in the case of postmenopausal women. Approximately 75percent of women experience painful intercourse in some instances of their life. However, a woman remains at high risk to suffer from painful sexual intercourse when-

  • She intake medications, which may cause dryness in the vaginal area
  • When a woman has a bacterial or viral infection
  • When women cross the postmenopausal phase(5)

Other than this, risk factors related to postpartum dyspareunia are genital or perineal trauma, breastfeeding, and episiotomy. Most of the previous studies have remained retrospective or cross-sectional and hence limited inability to find factors during the early period of postpartum, which predict the problem of dyspareunia.(6)


Based on the facts, we should say that living with dyspareunia is not so much difficult. Because of this, the problem is not so dangerous. On the other side, we cannot say anything about whether the problem is contagious or not. However, we can easily determine certain risk factors related to the problem based on whether women cross their postpartum phase, post-menopausal phase, or anything similar.


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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 11, 2022

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