SUFU 2020: Prevalence and Characterization of Dyspareunia in a General Urology Clinic Population

Scottsdale, AZ ( Dr. Jacqueline Zillioux explains how prevalent dyspareunia is in the United States however it is not very well understood or evaluated. She aims to get a better understanding and evaluation of patients to improve the delivery of care and counseling for patients.

This is a prospective survey-based study encompassing a general urology population. Patients who had pain related chief complaints were excluded. A 23 item survey was administered after patients were recruited and screened at registration. The survey included questions regarding sexual activity and dyspareunia, location, quality, frequency and severity of pain. 181 women completed the survey and 6 were excluded due to pain as a chief complaint. The mean age was 56 (22-93). The prevalence of dyspareunia is 46% (38/83) in continuously sexually active women. The pictorial representation of the pain distribution is seen below.


They found that patients with dyspareunia were younger, most had onsent < 50 year of age, 26% avoid sex due to fear of pain, 33% reported weekly sex, 45% have pain most-all times with sex, 53% moderate to severe dissatisfaction with sexual activity. They conclude that dyspareunia is common in a general urology clinic population, pain is heterogenous and more research is needed to understand etiologies of the pain.

Presented by: Jacqueline Zillioux, MD, University of Virginia, Department of Urology, Charlottesville, Virginia

Written by: Lira Chowdhury, DO, Urology Specialist, Urology Partners of North Texas, PLLC, Fort Worth, Texas at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction Winter Meeting, SUFU 2020, February 25 - February 29, 2020, Scottsdale, Arizona