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Pain during or after sex (dyspareunia) can be caused by many things, such as:
If you get pain during or after sex, your body may be trying to tell you something is wrong, so don't ignore it.
See a doctor or go to a sexual health (genitourinary medicine, or GUM) clinic.
You may find talking about sex embarrassing, but remember that doctors are used to dealing with problems like this.
Pain during sex can affect both men and women.
Women can experience pain during or after sex, either in the vagina or deeper in the pelvis.
Pain in the vagina could be caused by:
Pain felt inside the pelvis can be caused by conditions such as:
Some causes of painful sex in men include:
Get advice from a doctor or healthcare professional at a GUM clinic if you have pain during or after sex.
They'll try to find the cause of the problem and be able to tell you whether you need any treatment.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.