Dyspareunia Specialist

Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse, is a fairly common condition that can affect women of any age. JoEllen Embry WHNP is a top-ranked provider of dyspareunia treatment, offering women treatment options that are customized for their specific needs to achieve welcome relief and to improve their quality of life.

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Dyspareunia Q & A

What is dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia is a condition that causes pain during intercourse, including the period following intercourse. Women who suffer from dyspareunia may also experience pain when tampons are used. Although not a lot is heard about dyspareunia, millions of women experience it, often without realizing it can be successfully treated with a range of simple treatment options.

What are the primary causes of dyspareunia?

Dyspareunia can be caused by several underlying medical conditions or issues, including:

  • inflammation or irritation
  • infection
  • injury
  • hormonal fluctuations
  • anatomical defects, like a shallow vagina
  • pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • vaginal muscle spasms (a condition called vaginismus)
  • skin issues that occur in the skin surrounding the vaginal opening
  • uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when weak pelvic floor muscles allow the uterus to protrude into the vagina
  • medical treatments like chemotherapy or some types of surgery
  • inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • chronic or severe stress
  • psychological issues
  • very large cysts

Understanding the cause of symptoms is the key to successful treatment. As a leading gynecology practice in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica region, we evaluate each patient carefully to ensure we recommend the most appropriate treatment.

What kinds of treatment are available for dyspareunia?

That depends on what’s causing the painful symptoms. Possible treatment options include:

  • hormone replacement therapy to boost or replenish depleted levels of estrogen that can cause vaginal dryness
  • estrogen creams or lotions
  • lubricants to decrease friction and irritation
  • laser treatment to address an array of underlying issues and restore vaginal function

At our practice, your treatment will depend on a careful review of your symptoms and a thorough examination, including a pelvic exam. In some cases, ultrasound evaluation may also be prescribed.

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OUR PATIENTS SAY

I first chose to come to Embry Womens Health because it was near my home and they took my insurance. I’ve been coming back because JoEllen is AMAZING! The whole office is so welcoming and comforting, I’ve moved 20 miles away and I STILL go to see JoEllen for all of my women’s healthcare. I will literally plan my days off around an appointment so I can continue being a patient here.
I can’t say enough good things about Embry Women’s Health and hope to be able to be a patient for life!

5 Stars – Yelp – 11/13/2019

MAGGIE S.

I still love this place. It’s my second year as a patient here, and they still treat me so well. Every concern that I had was taken seriously and my doctor gave me some things to help with a couple of them. The office also isn’t really cold (which I’ve found to be a problem at some offices) so you won’t be freezing during your exam. She’s definitely the best doctor I have been to and recommend to every woman to look into coming here. Also, all of your test results are available online through a patient portal, and you can also schedule new appointments and fill out all of your patient information forms ahead of time on there. This makes checking in for your appointment super quick and easy.

5 Stars – Yelp – 10/31/2019

SHANA E.

This was my first visit at this office and it was so much better then a visit I’ve had at a different gynecologist. The ladies were genuinely friendly and helpful and all very knowledgeable. They make you feel comfortable and safe. It’s so hard to find a gynecologist that fits your needs and I’m very happy to say I found mine.

5 Stars – Yelp – 4/10/2018

KELLY M.

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Embry Women’s Health is committed to providing quality, affordable health care. We’re in-network with all major insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. No insurance? No problem. We offer a simple fee schedule for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Click the button below for our complete list and more information:

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TESTIMONIALS

Words from our patients

JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!

5 Stars – Yelp

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It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions.  I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.

5 Stars – 10/11/2018

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Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.

5 Stars – 10/4/2018

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I was super impressed. NP Eva was wonderfully personable and professional. Front desk staff (thanks, Mia) was kind and thoughtful. They have snacks and drinks in the waiting room. It’s super clean and the view is lovely. It sits right on the lake at Dobson Ranch.

5 Stars – 5/24/2021

“I started seeing Joellen earlier this year and I have had nothing but good experiences every time I have gone back. She is very down to earth and listens to any concerns. I would highly recommend Embry Womens Health.”

5 stars – 09/28/2018

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