The best treatment for dyspareunia depends on the cause. If an underlying condition such as endometriosis is contributing to your dyspareunia, appropriate treatment can help reduce your symptoms. Medications can be used in some cases to treat conditions such as thrush or an STI.
Where poor lubrication is an issue, it can help to spend more time on foreplay, use a water-based lubricant or have treatment for low oestrogen levels in the form of oestrogen creams, tablets, rings or other medications.
If you have an allergy or irritation around your genitals, it’s important to stop using the products that could be causing it and wait until your skin has healed before having intercourse again.
If the cause of your dyspareunia is psychological, counselling, sex therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may be helpful.
Vaginal Dilator Therapy
Vaginal Dilator Therapy can help women diagnosed with complex issues resulting in sexual dysfunction, and is offered at our Women's Health centre. Vaginal dilators (a plastic or silicone tube) are provided to those who experience conditions such as dyspareunia, as it helps to stretch the vagina or vulval area overtime. Our Clinical Nurse Specialist will advise you on how to use the dilator, as well as what size you should be using, which is in accordance with your needs.
This treatment can help those who are experiencing pain during or after intercourse, to enjoy penetration without any pain.