This is often treated by applying topical estrogen approved by the Food and Drug administration directly on the vagina.1, 2
Surgery is an effective treatment for Dyspareunia particularly the new laparoscopic technique called the Davydov procedure.3
Most cases of patients who had surgery require medical therapy for continuing dyspareunia of some degree.4
Dyspareunia is painful sexual intercourse in the genital area or within the pelvis. The pain may be insignificant or deep. It is caused by vaginal dryness from menopause, childbirth, and other conditions. The syndrome can affect both men and women, but women have an increased risk of developing this condition.
When a person is affected by this condition, doctors prescribe medications, however, it has unpleasant side effects. So, we will discuss the natural treatments in this article
What Is The Best Treatment For Dyspareunia?
Treatment often changes based on the cause of the condition:
Ease Vaginal Dryness With Natural Lubricants – When vaginal dryness is the problem, you can ease penetration with enhanced clitoral stimulation or using a natural lubricant. When the lubricant is applied to the vagina, it boosts the blood flow due to arousal. This can also reduce pain during intercourse and increases your sex drive.
Healing Painful Sex Through Counseling – When the couple or either one of them experiences pain during sexual intercourse, they may have a negative emotional feeling towards sex stimulation. This in turn might lead to poor communication with their partners with reduced quality of life. During such cases, sex therapy or counseling can help resolve issues.
Healthy Living – Lifestyles, and healthcare play a crucial role in improving and easing the symptoms of dyspareunia. Few changes to your sexual routine such as changing positions, communicate with your partner, longer foreplay, and usage of personal lubricants which you prefer. Also, dietary changes such as eating healthy fruits and vegetables accompanied by regular exercises can increase vaginal lubrication and heal female sexual issues.
Vaginal Dilators & Moisturizer – These items can act as an effective support to complex sex therapy and overcome painful sexual intercourse. Similarly, moisturizers and creams are best used before sexual intercourse to maintain fluid that eventually reduces friction and pain and make your intercourse slippery and fun.1,2
Is There A Surgery For Dyspareunia?
Some of the most successful treatments for this condition are gynecological methodologies such as laparoscopic techniques. This surgery potentially improves deep dyspareunia related to endometriosis (a painful disorder that develops tissue inside of your uterus) and improve the sex lives of the women. This was relatively true particularly with a new technique called Davydov procedure.
The procedure uses pelvic peritoneum to increase the length of the vagina and to eliminate the pain during sexual intercourse. This is usually one of the most effective options in patients who have problems with shortened vagina and dyspareunia. Medical studies show that the Davydoy procedure can help individuals becomes fully functional.3
The procedures use skin grafting to create vaginas in patients with short vagina 6cm or 7cm or smaller who have problems in penetration during sexual intercourse. This procedure not only creates vaginas adequate for sexual function but also provided proven results in women who have had a failed McIndoe procedure.
Most cases of patients who had surgery require medical therapy for continuing dyspareunia of some degree. Thirty-four percent of patients require medical treatment followed by surgery. This was noticed in patients who reported superficial dyspareunia. The study also revealed many women with minor complications responded better to medical therapy.4
- Publishing, Harvard Health. “Painful Sexual Intercourse (Dyspareunia).” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/painful-sexual-intercourse-dyspareunia-a-to-z.
- Kingsberg, Sa, et al. “Treating Dyspareunia Caused by Vaginal Atrophy: a Review of Treatment Options Using Vaginal Estrogen Therapy.” International Journal of Women’s Health, Dove Medical Press, 9 Aug. 2010, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2971714/.
- “A Successful Surgical Approach for Anatomic Causes of Dyspareunia.” Contemporary OBGYN, www.contemporaryobgyn.net/view/successful-surgical-approach-anatomic-causes-dyspareunia.
- “Outcome of Surgical Treatment for Superficial Dyspareunia from Vulvar Vestibulitis.” Relias Media – Continuing Medical Education Publishing, www.reliasmedia.com/articles/71430-outcome-of-surgical-treatment-for-superficial-dyspareunia-from-vulvar-vestibulitis.