When Sex is Painful
About 4 in 10 women have problems with sex at some point during their lives. Pain during sex may be a sign of a gynecologic problem, such as ovarian cysts or endometriosis. It may also be caused by problems with sexual response, such as a lack of desire (the feeling of wanting to have sex) or a lack of arousal (the physical and emotional changes that occur in the body as a result of sexual stimulation).
What causes sexual problems in women?
Some common causes of sexual problems in women include the following:
Hormonal changes - such as during pregnancy, perimenopause, or menopause
Cancer treatments and their side effects
Some illnesses and medications
Relationship problems with your partner
Past negative experiences
Depression, anxiety, or stress
What types of sexual problems affect women?
“Female sexual dysfunction” is a general term for a problem with sex. The problem can be a lack of interest in sex. It also can be a lack of response to sexual activity. Sexual problems fall into four groups, which often overlap:
Desire and arousal problems
Sexual problems caused by medication or substances
Yes, there are new treatments!