Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) refers to pain experienced during or after vaginal intercourse. It is a common problem and many women tend to face it at one point or another in their life. The pain in dyspareunia can be felt at the vaginal opening or deep in the pelvis. It may be burning, aching or throbbing pain varying from case to case. It can lead to distress, mood changes, loss of sexual interest and relationship problems. Homeopathic medicines for dyspareunia help treat the condition effectively and offer long term relief.
Homeopathic Medicines for Dyspareunia
Homeopathy medicines are highly effective to treat the complaint of dyspareunia. Dyspareunia arising from various reasons can be managed with homeopathy medicines as they work to treat the root cause behind it They are natural remedies that bring about excellent results. The top medicines to treat dyspareunia in females are Sepia, Natrum Mur, Platina, Argentum Nitricum and Staphisagria. The most suitable medicine among them is selected individually for every case based on its characteristic features. These have been discussed as follows:
1. Sepia – Top Grade Medicine for Dyspareunia
Sepia is a very beneficial medicine for treating dyspareunia. Females needing Sepia experience intense pain during intercourse. In such cases, the vagina is dry and extremely tender. Sexual intercourse is often intolerable, and blood may appear from the vagina after coition in some cases. There may be some associated pelvic disease like ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and endometriosis. In such conditions, other symptoms like abnormal vaginal discharge, menstrual irregularities, painful periods may be present along with dyspareunia. Sepia is also a leading medicine for managing the complaint of painful intercourse in women during menopause. There may be other attending symptoms like hot flushes, excessive vaginal bleeding, low libido, irritability, sadness, indifference, and mood swings during menopause. It is also well-indicated for dyspareunia arising with some skin infection or eruptions of the female genitalia.
2. Natrum Mur – For Painful Intercourse from Dryness of Vagina
Natrum Mur is very beneficial to treat cases of painful intercourse from dryness of the vagina. Along with dryness, the vagina is also sore and itchy. Burning and smarting are felt in the vagina during coition along with pain. There is also an aversion to sexual intercourse. There may be some depression or history of grief present in cases needing Natrum Mur.
3. Platina – For Painful Intercourse from Sensitivity and Vaginismus
Platina is a significant medicine to manage cases of painful intercourse from a sensitive vagina. Females requiring Platina have sensitive, tender vagina and cannot bear to touch it. They may even faint during coition. In many cases, there may be vaginismus that makes intercourse impossible. Pains of drawing nature may appear in the ovaries and uterus after intercourse that tend to last for several hours altogether.
4. Argentum Nitricum – For Pain followed by Vaginal Bleeding
Argentum Nitricum is considered in cases of dyspareunia when painful intercourse is followed by vaginal bleeding. There may be a complaint of vaginal discharge with cervical erosions in females needing this medicine. Here the vaginal discharges are profuse, yellow, corroding. They may be bloodstained too. There may be many phobias and anxieties in females with above symptoms in cases where Argentum Nitricum is indicated.
5. Staphisagria – For Painful Intercourse from Sensitive Genitals
Staphisagria is prepared from seeds of a plant named Delphinium Staphisagria also known by the name of Stavesacre. The natural order of this medicine is Ranunculaceae. Staphisagria is another medicine for managing painful intercourse from sensitive genitals. It is a useful medicine for women to manage the complaint of dyspareunia in the early days of married life. Along with painful coition burning while urination and constant urge to urinate may be present. Staphisagria is also a prominent medicine for cases where a history of sexual abuse is present.
6. Kreosote – For Pain, Burning in Vagina during Intercourse followed by Bleeding
Kreosote is well-indicated for treating dyspareunia with the characteristic feature of pain and burning during intercourse and bleeding the next day. The genitals feel sore and fear and trembling arise from the mere thought of coition. There may be vaginal discharges that are highly offensive. The discharges are also acrid, leading to violent itching in the vagina with soreness and burning after scratching.
7. Ignatia – For Managing Sore Pain in Vagina during Intercourse
Ignatia is prepared from seeds of a plant called Ignatia Amara which belongs to the natural order Loganiaceae. Ignatia is indicated for dyspareunia when there is extreme sore pain in the vagina during intercourse. A heated sensation may be present in the vagina. Some prominent symptoms related to the mind may also be present. These include sadness, weeping, excessive irritability, desire for loneliness, aversion to talking and sudden mood swings. Excessive worries, depression, and history of grief may be there with the above symptoms.
8. Lycopodium – For Burning in Vagina during Coition
Lycopodium is prepared from the spores of a plant called Lycopodium Clavatum also known as Club Moss and Wolf’s-Claw. This plant belongs to the family Lycopodiaceae. Lycopodium is helpful for managing the sensation of burning in the vagina during coition. The burning persists after coition in most cases, and vaginl dryness may also be present.
Main Causes of Dyspareunia
Some causes of dyspareunia include vaginal dryness, insufficient lubrication, skin disorders of the genital area (like eczema, lichen planus), vaginal infections, PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and vaginismus (involuntary spasms of the muscles of the vaginal walls leading to temporary narrowing of the vagina). Pelvic disease like endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids are some other reasons for dyspareunia. An injury/trauma to the genitals can also lead to painful intercourse. Congenital abnormality also leads to painful intercourse (eg., in case of vaginal agenesis where the vagina is not fully formed and imperforate hymen). Apart from the above, certain psychological issues are other contributing factors behind painful coition. These include stress, anxiety, depression and a history of mental trauma including sexual or emotional abuse. Women may also complain of dyspareunia during menopause and after childbirth.