​Painful intercourse diagnosis

Proper diagnosis of your painful intercourse (dyspareunia) symptoms is important to ensure you get the most appropriate treatment you need. At The Christ Hospital Health Network, we know some women find it difficult talk about sex—but your candid conversation with your doctor can provide important clues to help you with your diagnosis and treatment. You can count on our Women's Health experts to listen with compassion and empathy.

The more your doctor knows, the more individualized your treatment for painful intercourse can be. Your doctor will take a thorough medical and sexual history, ask questions to gauge your emotional well being, and discuss any other issues that may affect your sexual health, such as stress. 

Your doctor may examine your genital area or perform a pelvic exam to check for skin irritation, infection or structural problems. Further testing, if needed, may include a pelvic ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body.

Next steps

If you have been diagnosed with painful intercourse, your doctor will discuss your medical and surgical treatment options.

If you are experiencing painful intercourse, make an appointment with one of our Women’s Health experts who specialzes in the treatment of painful intercourse.