Although one in five women will experience painful intercourse at some stage, this remains a taboo topic. Dr. Jireh Serfontein discusses possible reasons why love-making hurts, including the role of oral contraceptives and vaginismus. Treatment may incorporate specialized physiotherapy, dilators, and counselling. This problem also affects intimate relationships and partners; fortunately, medical help is available.

Dr Jireh talks to Mariette Snyman about what you should know about painful sex.

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