dyspareunia dys·pa·reu·ni·a (dĭs'pə-r&oomacr;'nē-ə)
Difficult or painful sexual intercourse.
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
painful or difficult sexual intercourse in the female. Disorders are generally physical rather than psychological. Dyspareunia may be caused by inflammation or infection of the vagina, vaginismus (q.v.; voluntary or involuntary contraction of the lower vaginal muscles), remnants of the hymen, insufficient lubrication of the vagina, infection, endometriosis, tumours, or other pathologic conditions (including those of the anus-such as hemorrhoids-or in the urinary tract). It may also be partially or (rarely) fully the result of psychosexual conflicts; for example, pain experienced in the first few attempts at sexual intercourse may lead to aversion to it and fear even after the pain is no longer encountered.
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