Dr. Kellogg shares if it is normal for sex to be painful or if this is something that should be checked.
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You know about 50% of women experience what we called dyspareunia, which is pain with intercourse, at sometime during their life. However, most of those women just experience it as a result of perhaps prolonged sex play, loss of lubrication, that’s transient. It is not an everyday occurrence, it is transient. So for those women in whom dyspareunia comes and goes and stays away after a one or two instances, it is probably normal within the normal experience of women sexuality. For an estimated 15% of women pain with intercourse is an everyday occurrence or an every event occurrence. The most common kind of pain with intercourse is pain that occurs right at the beginning of penetration that is called superficial dyspareunia or just at the entrance and the most common cause of that if something called vulvar vestibulitis or vestibulodynia.