Can ovarian cysts cause painful sex?

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  • AEvelyn Minaya, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
    Dr. Evelyn Minaya - Can ovarian cysts cause painful sex?

    Ovarian cysts can cause painful sex in two ways. Find out what they are In this video featuring obstetrician and gynecologist Evelyn Minaya, M.D.

  • ACharla Simon, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    A cyst on the ovary could cause pain with intercourse. Pain from a cyst would typically be sudden in onset, brief (relieved with withdrawal), and sharp. Both functional or pathological cysts could cause pain with intercourse or otherwise.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse is called dyspareunia and has many potential causes. Yes, ovarian cysts are one potential cause. Ovarian cysts are very common, affecting an estimated 6-10% of woman, depending on the source. So, the best answer is you should be evaluated by a physician if you have pain during sex, because there are many causes. Some of the causes are treatable, and would allow you to lead a healthy and enjoyable life.
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