Dyspareunia affects approximately 15% of women, according to a recent article in JAMA Insights Women's Health, and the prevalence increases in postmenopaual women. The authors suggest that prevalence, when based on diagnostic coding, however, is probalby underestimated as patients may be reluctant to discuss sexual pain. The hesitance to raise the topic, they say, is unfortunate given the signficant negative impact dyspareunia has on self perception, libido, relationships, and overall quality of life.
The article is an excellent primer for primary care clinicians who are in a position to treat dyspareunia from a range of causes. Before reading it, though, try these 10 questions based on the information covered and learn what you do and don't know about the condition.