Painful coitus: A review of female dyspareunia

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The literature on female dyspareunia is reviewed with an emphasis on description and classification, incidence and prevalence, etiological factors, and treatment approaches. The research is found to be plagued with methodological problems and characterized by a persistent dichotomization of issues into physiological and psychological categories. A systematized and integrated approach to the study of coital pain is proposed.


Dyspareunia; Pelvic pain; Psychosexual disorders; Sexual disorders; Vaginismus


Community-Based Research | Counseling Psychology | Health Psychology | Medicine and Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology


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Meana, M., & Binik, Y. M. (1994). Painful coitus: A review of female dyspareunia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

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