Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

« Promoting the well-being and sexual health of individuals and couples ».

What are the consequences?

Repeatedly feeling pain during sexual intercourse with vaginal penetration leads to major repercussions on the psychological, sexual and conjugal experience of women and their partners. Psychologically, this type of problem can become a source of distress and anxiety for women affected, whereas their partners may have more depressive symptoms versus couples without this problem. Sexually, the pain felt by these women may be associated with a disturbance of their overall sexual function, which is followed by/, followed by a drop in interest, excitement and sexual satisfaction. Their partners may suffer from altered sexual function. This problem therefore deprives many couples of a major source of pleasure and intimacy. Given the considerable impact of vestibulodynia on the sex life of women and their partners, the pain may become a factor of marital discord. In the long term, it could result in sexual frustration, a feeling of being pressured into having sexual intercourse, fear of losing the partner and a feeling of powerlessness in the partner who does not know how to react. Therefore, it is best that couples find the appropriate help for genital pain so that they do not feel alone with this problem and resulting consequences.

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