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.
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
- 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.
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:
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
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
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
I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
“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