Painful Intercourse

A number of gynecological conditions can cause pain during intercourse, including fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and retroversion of the uterus – or what is commonly referred to as a “tipped uterus” or “tilted backwards uterus.” A complete pelvic exam and ultrasound can determine the cause of pain as well as treatment options.

Medical Treatment Options

Medical treatment for painful intercourse is based on the underlying cause (e.g., fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, retroverted uterus), the extent and severity of those conditions, and other factors. Please refer to these conditions for specific information on medical therapy options for each.

Surgical Treatment Options

If fibroids are the cause of painful intercourse, laparoscopic myomectomy is often the preferred surgical treatment. Laparoscopic excision of endometriosis is typically recommended for pain caused by endometriosis. If a retroverted or “tipped” uterus is the source of pain, and preservation of fertility is desired, laparoscopic uterine suspension may be the procedure of choice. All of these procedures are performed at the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center using minimally invasive techniques that enable same-day outpatient surgery with fast, nearly painless recovery.