Painful Intercourse

Painful intercourse can be a life-altering chronic condition and can produce significant personal and psychological issues. Fortunately, Dr. Susan O’Toole and Dr. Jennifer Tomas, the Ob/Gyn experts at Collingwood Vitality Laser Clinic in Collingwood, Ontario, can empower you with insight and treatments. Call or request an appointment online for a personalized consultation with Dr. O’Toole or Dr. Tomas.

Painful Intercourse Q & A

What is dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia is the clinical term for painful intercourse. It is generally divided into two categories – insertion (entry pain) versus deep. No matter what’s responsible, the symptoms can be debilitating.

What causes insertional dyspareunia?

Painful intercourse can result from many physical causes. The most common include:

  • Vaginal dryness from menopause or estrogen deficiency.

  • Lichen sclerosis (a skin disorder)

  • Physical trauma

  • Pelvic surgeries, chemotherapy, and other treatments

  • Eczema and other irritating rashes

  • Vaginal deformation

  • Vaginismus (involuntary vaginal wall spasms)

But there may be other causes, as well. That’s why it’s essential to seek professional care and pinpoint a diagnosis.

How is dyspareunia diagnosed?

With their expertise and years of experience, Dr. Tomas and Dr. O’Toole can help determine what’s causing your dyspareunia and empower you to take the steps you need to regain the lifestyle you want. The past success of both physicians have provided them with the ability to provide the most comprehensive and efficient treatment available to best treat the individual needs of every patient that comes through the door.

What are treatments for insertional dyspareunia?

Treatments vary, depending on the cause or causes. Dr. O’Toole and Dr. Tomas can provide expert advice about the options:

  • Vaginal estrogen therapy (creams or tablets) for vaginal dryness

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises for vaginismus

  • Artificial lubrication and vaginal moisturizers

  • Prolonged foreplay before intercourse

  • Vaginal laser therapy

Dr. O’Toole and Dr. Tomas are experts in providing top quality care when it comes to painful vaginal intercourse or dryness. Each treatment is carefully selected based off of the patients background and medical history, which are carefully assessed by both doctors. If you have any questions regarding what treatment is best for you, feel free to call the Collingwood Vitality Laser Clinic and schedule an appointment. A personalized consultation is available for all of our patients.