It is defined as painful sexual intercourse and occurs in men as well as in women. The person complaints of genital pain that is real, distressing and makes the intercourse unpleasant and/or impossible. What is the cause of the pain during sex?

  • Genital trauma, healed genital injury, presence of genitalinfections or genital ulcers often lead to pain during sexual intercourse. This is more common with women.
  • But genital pain during sexual intercourse can also occur in the absence of any genital injury or infection. In such casesinterpersonal disturbances, tension and anxiety about sexual act are the main reasons.
  • In some cases childhood sexual abuse and rape is associated with such pain.