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  • n. Painful or difficult sexual intercourse, especially in women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, inability to perform the sexual act without pain: usually applied to females.


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From dys- + Ancient Greek πάρευνος (pareunos, "lying beside, lying with").


  • And women who are not taking hormone replacement in the menopause often complain of what we call dyspareunia, which is pain with intercourse, because of dryness and lack of lubrication.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: What Can Be Done About Women Losing Their Sex Drives? - May 25, 2000

  • The origin of the word dyspareunia shows that this may be the case, for _dyspareunos_ in Greek means badly mated.

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • This can bring on different aspects of pain, such as dysmenorrhea - painful, sometimes disabling cramps during menses; pain may get worse over time (progressive pain), also lower back pains linked to the pelvis, chronic pelvic pain - typically accompanied by lower back pain or abdominal pain, dyspareunia - painful sex, dysuria - urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding.

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  • It's categorised medically as a lack of arousal or desire to have sex; dyspareunia (pain or discomfort during intercourse), diminished blood flow to the vagina, and an inability to achieve orgasm.

    The race to discover Viagra for women

  • On November 28, the FDA approved synthetic conjugated estrogens-A 0.625 mg/g vaginal cream SCE-A Vaginal Cream; Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc for the treatment of moderate to severe vaginal dryness and moderate to severe dyspareunia, which are both symptoms of vulvar and vaginal atrophy due to menopause.

    If this is what the FDA approves...

  • The approval was based on data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study (n = 275), showing that SCE-A vaginal cream was significantly more effective than placebo for reduction of symptoms of vaginal dryness (P = .0016) and dyspareunia (P = .0002) during a 12-week period.

    If this is what the FDA approves...

  • Another sexual “dysfunction” is dyspareunia, or genital pain associated with sexual intercourse.

    Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

  • Look up “dyspareunia” – via Google or any other search engine of your choice.

    Think Progress » Women can’t say no after sex has started,

  • Current best-practice approaches to dyspareunia emphasize a multifaceted etiology and treatment model that recognizes the complex interaction of physical as well as emotional components.

    Great Sex for Moms

  • Dyspareunia: This refers to painful intercourse pain in the genitals or pelvis and is considered by many clinicians to be better conceptualized as a pain problem rather than a sexual problem, in part because women with dyspareunia typically also experience pain upon gynecological examination, insertion of a tampon, etc.

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  • “Meana, who serves with Chivers on the board of Archives of Sexual Behavior, entered the field of sexology in the late 1990s and began by working clinically and carrying out research on dyspareunia — women’s genital pain during intercourse.�?

    The New York Times, What Do Women Want?, by Daniel Bergner, January 22, 2009

    January 24, 2009