Dyspareunia refers to pain during or after intercourse and it affects both men and women, being more common in women however, who experience pain in the vagina, clitoris or labia. When it occurs at the moment of penetration, it is called superficial dyspareunia and when it occurs with deeper entry, it’s called deep dyspareunia and both may involve psychological and physical factors. People suffering from the dyspareunia condition can now appeal to Renew Skin & Health Clinic’s Consultant, Dr. Amgad R Habib, MBBCh, MSc and MRCOG. Dr Habib completed his training in Genito-Urinary Medicine in West Midlands Hospitals and has been appointed as a Consultant in GUM since 2004. His main interest is treating skin conditions in male and female genital area including warts treatment and various STIs, and specializes in vulvar painful conditions (vulvodynias and dyspareunia).

According to specialists, superficial dyspareunia in women may be caused by provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), which is caused by an alteration in the nervous system according to which stimuli that might be perceived as mild is instead perceived as significant pain, being probably a form of the vulvar chronic pain syndrome; anthropic vaginitis, vulvar disorder, congenital malformations, genital herpes simplex, postsurgical vaginal narrowing, lack of estrogen which causes dryness or recurring tearing of the posterior fourchette.

The symptoms of dyspareunia appear in one out of five women, the location of the pain varying in each individual who describes the pain as burning or cramping sensations, which on the long term lead to their loss of interest in sexual activities.
In the case of superficial dyspareunia, the diagnosis is based on the experienced symptoms and pelvic examination which focuses on the examination of the vulvar skin and the exterior genitalia, and a PVD test may also be required (which can be diagnosed using a cotton swab). Dr. Amgad R Habib will ask you some specific questions related to the symptoms you’re experiencing and also assess your medical and sexual history and current health condition which will allow him to reach an accurate conclusion on the cause of dyspareunia.

There are several types of superficial dyspareunia treatments based on the factors that cause it and taking into account each individual’s system, our genito-urinary specialist will customize the treatment that best suits you individually. Such treatments may include: antifungal creams for yeast infections, antibiotics in case of infections, analgesics, estrogen creams or pills for lubrication of the vagina (especially after menopause) and surgery for the removal of cysts, large fibroids or for the correction of congenital malformations.

For more information on this painful disorder or to book a superficial dyspareunia consultation or treatment with our specialist Consultant, Dr. Amgad R Habib, please contact our Renew Skin & Health Clinic Head Office in Leamington Spa on 01926 422454.