Sexual Pain Disorders in Women

  • Manu Lakshmi
  • Shah Dupesh Khan


Sexual pain disorders in women are extremely distressing and significantly impact a large population of women and their partners from an emotional, social and physical context of a relationship. Pain during sex was defined as early as the 1800s, long before current medical terminologies of dyspareunia and vaginismus even came into the practice [1, 2]. Studies indicate that the prevalence of sexual pain disorders (3–46%) seems to vary from culture to culture and also with respect to the setting in which a diagnosis is made. Several authors found discrepancies in the reported incidence of sexual pain disorders, which depended on whether the patient was self-reporting a particular problem or whether the clinician was actively questioning the patient on the sexual dysfunction [3, 4]. This is not surprising, since data indicates that only 52% of women actually ever receive a formal diagnosis of a sexual pain disorder [5]. Sexual pain disorders have been frequently underdiagnosed and undertreated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manu Lakshmi
    • 1
  • Shah Dupesh Khan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Reproductive MedicineThe Metromale Clinic & Fertility CenterChennaiIndia
  2. 2.The Metromale Clinic and Fertility CenterChennaiIndia

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