Definition of dyspareunia in English:


Line breaks: dys|par¦eunia
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪspəˈruːnɪə


[mass noun] Medicine
Difficult or painful sexual intercourse.
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  • Inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome may cause dyspareunia, but they are more often associated with other diagnoses of chronic pelvic pain.
  • More than 40 percent of patients with colostomy report sexual problems such as dyspareunia or erectile dysfunction.
  • The earliest manifestations of dyspareunia occur with sexual contact, but the symptoms then increase to the point that the pain interferes with nonsexual activities.


late 19th century: from dys- 'difficult' + Greek pareunos 'lying with'.

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