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Painful penetrations? Thinking it would settle down with time? Thinking of bottling it up because you are too embarrassed to talk about it? Maybe you shouldn’t be.! Painful penetrations could be due to a number of reasons and it’s important that you give it a thought and deal with it in a healthy way. So here’s some useful information for you.

Know more about Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia, often known as pain during sex, is constant or recurrent pain that occurs just before, during, or after intercourse. The pain is normally felt around the genital area. Women may have pain at the vulvar area or at the labia. Internally, some women experience pain around the cervix, uterus, or lower abdomen.

It’s a widespread disorder that may have detrimental psychological and emotional implications. Couples may experience pressure in their relationship or loss of intimacy in addition to the physical suffering. So it’s important to take necessary measures and acknowledge the condition in the very initial stages itself.

Causes of Dyspareunia

  • Vaginal Atrophy : A condition in which the lining of the vagina becomes thin, dry, and inflamed when it loses its typical moisture and thickness.
  • Vaginismus: Painful spasms of the vaginal muscles brought on by the fear of being wounded from penetration. It can be an after effect of previous traumatic events as well.
  • Endometriosis: A condition in which the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, protrudes and grows from the uterus into other pelvic areas.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: The internal tissues wreak havoc with inflammation, and the pressure of sex brings on excruciating pain.
  • Psychological issues: Anxiety, depression and low self-esteem that in turn prevents sexual arousal and lubrication.
  • Ectopic pregnancy: Where the pregnancy develops outside of the uterus.
  • Intercourse too soon after surgery or childbirth.
  • Skin infections affecting genitals.
  • Cervical disorders.
  • Ovarian cysts.
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs):
  • Vaginal infections.


Sign & Symptoms of Dyspareunia

  • Sharp pain at the time of entry or during penetration.
  • Severe pain while thrusting.
  • Pain or throbbing sensation following a sexual encounter.
  • Burning sensation.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Tense or cramping muscles.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Dyspareunia

The Sanskrit term “maituna asahishnutha” is used in Ayurveda to describe painful sexual encounters. According to Ayurveda, vata dosha abnormalities in the body are the cause painful coitus. Hence it is classically managed by balancing Vata dosha. On rare occasions, infections may be the cause of Dyspareunia, (most often resulting from Pitta abnormalities).

In such cases, a vaginal wash is used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medications like triphala churna.

A warm sitz bath to relax the muscles,

And administration of tampons dipped in oil to leave inside the vagina to increase lubrication, etc are primary treatment methods in Ayurveda.

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At AyurVAID, we offer the highest standard of care and employ the most effective Ayurvedic techniques to treat illnesses, especially those that are related to lifestyle and reproductive issues, and help you make a full recovery. Because they are experienced in treating a range of ailments and because the AyurVAID organisation upholds ayurvedic ideals, our professionals are ready to help you by providing certainty and comfort. Extensive testing for reproductive disorders, accurate diagnosis, thorough samprapti vighatana (breaking the sickness pathway), well-organized prakriti-oriented treatment, top-quality drugs, and a safe and clean environment are all part of our treatment procedures. Your safety and health are our top priorities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of Dyspareunia ?
Pain during coitus could be defined in two types.

● The Entry pain (Also called superficial dyspareunia): This discomfort is experienced at first penetration mostly in the entrance to the vagina. The lack of lubrication, damage, or infections are the common causes leading to the entrance pain.

● Deep pain, also known as collision dyspareunia :
A type of pain that develops during deep penetration and may be made worse by particular sexual postures. The cervix and the lower abdomen will be the sites of this type of pain. This condition is typically brought on by a medical issue or previous surgery.
Can Dyspareunia affect men too ?
Similar to women, men might experience pain during intercourse if there is insufficient vaginal lubrication. A sexual lubricant can be used to resolve this. Several penile diseases in males can also lead to painful sex such as:

● Damage to the foreskin (the skin that covers the head of the penis) can cause pain if it is torn or rubbed.

● STIs: With sexually transmitted infections, sexual activity can be uncomfortable. Also for those who have yeast infections, bacterial infections under the foreskin, or common STIs like gonorrhea or genital herpes can relate to the aforementioned.

● Penile abnormalities: Peyronie's disease or other penile malformations may make sex painful.

● Erections that hurt: A condition like priapism can cause erections that hurt.
What are some Ayurvedic preparations for Dyspareunia ?
● Gandharva hasthadi kashayam.
● Chandraprabha Vati.
● Kumaryasava.
● Sneha vasti (Oil enema) using medicated oils like bala taila, maha narayana taila and Tila oil are also found to be effective.

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