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is painful intercourse a symptom of endometriosis?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
YES: Many women with endometriosis have painful sex, which is a common symptom. But most women with painful sex do not have endometriosis. You should always check for all causes of pain.
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
In many cases yes. Endometriosis tends to grow around the uterosacral ligaments which insert directly into the cervix. In many cases this can lead to painful intercourse, particularly with deep penetration. This type of endometriosis can improve with medications, but in most cases long term improvement requires surgical removal of the disease.
Jun 3, 2015
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Painful intercourse could be due to multiple conditions. Vaginal infections, vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, bladder infection, pelvic inflammation among others. Adequate evaluation is imperative in order to exclude any clinically significant condition.

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