Whether what comes out of it is a child or a relationship, sexual intercourse is among the most personal and pleasurable experiences in a personís life. Regardless of oneís theological bent, nobody is to deny the important practical function of intercourse, not to mention that, barring a massive calamity, it is hardly going to be a torturous experience. Physiologically speaking, nerves in the respective genitalia of the genders assure this much to be true. But as anything in life, there are contradictions to the pleasurable aspects of sex. An example of such is Dyspareunia. Though this may be diagnosed in men, the primary sufferers of dyspareunia are females. This disorder is characterized by women and their recurrent or persistent experiences of pain before, during, or following sexual intercourse. This pain is primarily located in the genitals or within the pelvis. Though the reasons for it may be physiological, women with reported dyspareunia have largely been connected to psychological symptoms.
A common type of insertional dyspareunia is known as vaginismus. This is caused by intense involuntary contraction of the perineal muscles surrounding parts of the outer part of the vagina. This tightening of the vaginal muscles and its lack of lubrication is only one manifestation of dyspareunia. However, it is the most commonly diagnosed form because it affects male penetration by making intercourse painful, if not impossible. As a result, avoiding discussion of dyspareunia out of insecurities or embarrassment becomes impossible.
The range of physical factors that impact women from enjoying sex are many: complications in vaginal openings such as inflammation, infection of glands, or pain at the site of (more…)