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The term "dyspareunia" refers to pain associated with sexual intercourse. Male dyspareunia is defined as recurrent or persistent genital or pelvic pain with sexual activity or sexual dysfunction that is present for three months or longer.

Studies have reported that approximately 1 to 5 percent of male patients suffer from pain with sexual intercourse. However, because of the social stigma associated with male sexual disorders, underreporting appears to be common.

Some causes of painful sex in men include:

  • Infections like thrush, which can cause soreness and itching, and some STIs, such as herpes
  • A tight foreskin, which can make penetration painful, as the foreskin is pushed back
  • Small tears in the foreskin that can't be seen but cause soreness and a sharp, stinging pain around the tear
  • Inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis)
  • Testicle pain and swelling can sometimes be caused by getting sexually aroused but not ejaculating ; it can also be a sign of an infection, such as chlamydia
  • If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional. Click for more information:
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