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Can ovarian cysts cause painful sex?

Ovarian cysts can cause painful sex, but there are other factors that trigger pain, including infection, hormones, and structural problems.

Dr. Charla Simon, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

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 percent 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.

Dr. Evelyn Minaya, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

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

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