Dyspareunia Specialist


Dana N. Snell-Hargrove, D.O.

OB/GYN & Wellness Center located in Fort Worth, TX

At some point in their lives, up to a quarter of the women in the United States suffer from dyspareunia as well as the relationship and health problems associated with it. If this pain prevents you from engaging in sexual activity, call or make an appointment online at My OB/GYN: Dana Snell-Hargrove D.O. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dyspareunia Q & A

What is dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia is persistent or recurrent pain in your vagina, clitoris, or labia before, during, or after vaginal intercourse. Dyspareunia is often related both to medical and psychological causes. Pain often accompanies tampon use as well.

Causes of dyspareunia include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Infections: candidiasis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, urinary tract infections, yeast
  • Dryness: most common after the menopause
  • Lichen sclerosus: thin, patchy, white skin on your vulva
  • Psychological factors: history of sexual trauma, depression, anxiety
  • Negative attitude toward partner

What are the symptoms associated with dyspareunia?

Symptoms of dyspareunia include pain that happens just before, during or after sex. The discomfort experienced with dyspareunia is burning, aching, or throbbing.

However, many women report feeling as if the pain comes from deep inside their pelvis. Others have described the pain as similar to menstrual cramps or as if something inside of them is being bumped.

Dr. Snell-Hargrove may diagnose women that have dyspareunia with vaginismus, as well. Vaginismus is a condition in which your vaginal muscles become severely tightened when something is about to be put into the vagina (penis, tampon or other device).

How is dyspareunia diagnosed?

Dr. Snell-Hargrove diagnoses dyspareunia based on your symptoms, medical and sexual history, and a physical examination.

To identify the cause of your dyspareunia, Dr. Snell-Hargrove asks you to describe the pain, including its exact location, duration, and timing. Your explanation helps her determine whether your pain occurs when your genitals are touched or during either early or deeper penetration.

While performing your physical examination, Dr. Snell-Hargrove checks for a cause for your dyspareunia, including:

  • Dryness
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Scarring

During your internal pelvic examination, Dr. Snell-Hargrove looks for:

  • Abnormal pelvic masses
  • Tenderness
  • Signs of endometriosis

How is dyspareunia treated?

The type of treatment Dr. Snell-Hargrove offers depends on the cause of your pain and include over-the-counter sexual lubricants, antibiotic or antifungal prescriptions for infections, alternative methods of birth control, physical therapy, counseling or, in few cases, surgery to remove a growth or mass.

Sex should be an enjoyable experience. If pain associated with dyspareunia prevents intimacy between you and your partner, call or make an appointment online with Dr. Dana N. Snell-Hargrove in Fort Worth, Texas.