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Dyspareunia / Vaginismus

Sex Therapist Dublin: Painful Sex, Dyspareunia and Vaginismus

Dyspareunia / Vaginismus

Sex should never hurt. Issues relating to painful sex for women can be treated very successfully.

Dyspareunia, or painful sex is defined as persistent or recurrent pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. It is a symptom of an underlying physical or psychological problem. Research suggests that one in five women suffer from sexual pelvic pain. Painful sex can have negative emotional effects in addition to the physcial pain and can cause problems in a couple’s sexual relationship.

Vaginismus is vaginal tightness causing discomfort, burning, pain, penetration problems, or complete inability to have intercourse. The pain results from the tightening of the muscles around the vagina. Since this happens without the conscious intent of the woman, it can be very confusing.

Sex should never hurt

Sex should never hurt, so the problem should be addressed as soon as it becomes evident. It’s important to see your GP and have it investigated immediately. For cases of sexual pain in which there is no underlying medical cause, sex therapy may help to resolve individual and or couple issues.

Appreciating that this can be a sensitive and embarrassing topic for most people, I create a calm, non-judgmental, supportive and fully confidential environment for you to discuss this sensitive issue.

Important message for partner

If a woman has sexual pain, acknowledge her concern and stay patient and supportive during evaluation and treatment. Men who take the issue of pain seriously and slow down during the process of treatment can help the couple to enjoy mutual pleasure and feel close and connected to each other throughout the process.

Fear and avoidance are often the biggest obstacles in overcoming sexual issues. Dyspareunia and vaginismus can be treated successfully.

Call Kate today at 086 3874956 and get expert confidential help and support.


"I lived with vaginismus for the past 8 years. My GP recommended sex therapy . I can not speak highly enough of the therapy I received. Kate is a very skilled therapist, works with different techniques and extreme sensitivity. I am completely cured. Sex therapy worked for me."