Hi everyone! I've read quite a few posts on this but nothing that I think answers my question...
Is pain during sex caused by endo only referring to the deep abdominal pain you get(I know for some this extends into legs and back etc)?
Or does pain during sex caused by endo also include the vaginal burning sensation which occurs at penetration and throughout sex and beyond?
At my post lap check up my doctor told me that vaginal pain was not caused by endo. He said that this pain was caused by vaginismus (not sure on spelling) which is essentially a fear of sex or penetration leading to a tightening of the vaginal muscles that then causes a "rope-burn" effect (nice image eh?).
The reason I'm asking is because I was with my partner for around 18 months when I first started getting this burning sensation during sex. I had to undergo the indignity of a sexual health check up which I knew would and did come back clean... There is nothing that I can think of at that time that would cause me to be nervous or uptight about sex... and this pain was the first of my many symptoms that developed over the next couple of years and was one of the things that made me certain I had endo due to one of the symptoms being pain during sex. I had a lap and they did find endo... Now I'm not sure what to think. I now have vaginal dilators to help with the pain but I'm not sure if I need to accept that the pain is being caused by a mental rather than a physical issue.
So confused! (''.)