A number of women suffer from painful sexual intercourse, but they may not realize that the condition has treatments.
The condition is called Dyspareunia- which can occur just before, during or after intercourse- and can be caused by many physical and psychological conditions, CBS News reported.
Dr. Lynne T. Schuster, a physician at Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinic in Rochester, Minn., told CBSNews.com that the condition is so pervasive that at least 40 percent of all women will experience it in their lifetime.
Vulvodynia may also be responsible for the condition of women of all ages.
They experience chronic burning or irritation at the opening or inside of the vagina.
Vulvodynia could be caused by involuntary contractions of the vaginal muscles.
Yeast infections or pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to painful sex as well, while women who have just given birth may also experience dyspareunia, and may need more time to heal.
Another cause of experiencing the pain could be menopause.
Older women going through menopause often experience painful sex because of lower levels of estrogen. Lower amounts of the hormone lead to vaginal and genital tissue getting thinner.