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Table 4 Complementary questions in women with self- report pain (11 question for sexual pain description)

From: Coping with dyspareunia, the importance of inter and intrapersonal context on women’s sexual distress: a population-based study

Sexual pain characteristics Self-report of Dyspareunia
(N = 196)
NO (%)
Dyspareunia
Confirmed*
(N = 53)
NO (%)
Dyspareunia
Not confirmed
(N = 143)
NO (%)
p-value¥
The most important reason for intercourse     0.430
To get pregnant 5 (2.6) 1 (1.9) 4 (2.8)  
To please partner 52 (26.5) 14 (26.4) 38 (26.6)  
To have pleasure 25 (12.8) 6 (11.3) 19 (13.3)  
To improve couple relationship 104 (53.1) 29 (54.7) 75 (52.4)  
To improve sexual self-esteem 5 (2.6) 0 (0.0) 5 (3.5)  
Other 5 (2.6) 3 (5.7) 2 (1.4)  
Time of pain     0.243
Before intercourse 7 (3.6) 4 (7.5) 3 (2.1)  
At the beginning of intercourse 71 (36.2) 21 (39.6) 50 (35.0)  
During thrusting 68 (34.7) 21 (39.6) 47 (32.9)  
During orgasm 3 (1.5) 1 (1.9) 2(1.4)  
After intercourse 14 (7.1) 3 (5.7) 11 (7.7)  
During gynecological examinations 13 (6.6) 2 (3.8) 11 (7.7)  
While wearing tight pants 3 (1.5) 1 (1.9) 2 (1.4)  
While exercising 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)  
Not related to intercourse 11 (5.6) 0 (0.0) 11 (5.6)  
Other 5 (2.6) 0 (0.0) 5 (3.5)  
I don’t know 1 (0.5) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.7)  
Location of pain 193 (100.0) 27 (100.0) 166 (100.0) 0.058
I don’t know 9 (4.7) 2 (3.8) 8 (5.7)  
Clitoris 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)  
Labia minor 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)  
Labia major 5 (2.6) 4 (7.5) 1 (0.7)  
Vaginal opening 96 (49.7) 24 (45.3) 72 (51.1)  
Urethral opening 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)  
Vestibule 2 (1.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.4)  
Uterus 35 (18.1 ) 9 (17.0) 26 (18.4)  
Cervix 25 (13.0) 10 (18.9) 15 (10.6)  
Ovary 15 (7.8) 4 (7.5) 11 (7.8)  
Fallopian tubes 6 (3.1) 0 (0.0) 6 (4.3)  
Description of quality of pain 195 (100.0) 52(100.0) 143 (100.0) 0.613
Throbbing, 19 (9.7) 4 (7.7) 15 (10.5)  
Shooting 14 (7.2) 6 (11.5) 8 (5.6)  
Cramping 51 (26.2) 9 (17.3) 42 (29.4)  
Gnawing 2 (1.0) 1 (1.9) 1 (0.7)  
Hot-burning 86 (44.1) 25 (48.1) 61 (42.7)  
Heavy 10 (5.1) 3 (5.8) 7 (4.9)  
tiring-exhausting 9 (4.6) 3 (5.8) 6 (4.2)  
fearful 4 (2.1) 1 (1.9) 3 (2.1)  
Effects of pain on the ability to intercourse     0.004**
Not at all 60 (30.6) 10 (18.9) 50 (35.0)  
A little 73 (37.2) 15 (28.3) 58 (40.6)  
Somewhat 49 (25.0) 23 (43.4) 26 (18.2)  
Moderately 11 (5.6) 4 (7.5) 7 (4.9)  
Quite a bit or always 3 (1.5) 1 (1.9) 2 (1.4)  
Effects of pain on desire     0.038*
Not at all 70 (35.7) 14 (26.4) 56 (369.2)  
A little 75 (38.3) 17 (32.1) 58 (40.6)  
Somewhat 39 (19.9) 16 (30.2) 23 (16.1)  
Moderately 9 (4.6) 4 (7.5) 5 (3.5)  
Quite a bit or always 3 (1.5) 2 (3.8) 1(0.7)  
Effects of fear on the ability to intercourse     0.036*
Not at all 75 (38.3) 13 (24.5) 62 (43.4)  
A little 64 (32.7) 16 (30.2) 48 (33.6)  
Somewhat 41 (20.9) 17 (32.1) 24 (16.8)  
Moderately 9 (4.6) 4 (7.5) 5 (3.5)  
Quite a bit or always 7 (3.6) 3 (5.7) 4 (2.8)  
Medical/surgery conditions that might have caused difficulties     0.769
No 168 (85.7) 47(88.7) 121 (84.6)  
Yes 19 (9.7) 4 (7.5) 15 (10.5)  
I don’t know 9 (4.6) 2 (3.8) 7 (4.9)  
Recent gynecological examination for routine checkup     0.451
No 106 (54.1) 31 (58.5) 75 (52.4)  
yes 90 (45.9) 22 (41.5) 68 (47.6)  
Tell the health provider about sexual pain     0.654
No 132 (67.3) 37(69.8) 95 (66.4)  
Yes 64 (32.7) 16 (30.2) 48 (33.6)  
The physical reason for your pain     0.226
No 74 (37.8) 18 (34.0) 56 (39.2)  
Yes 33 (16.8) 6 (11.3) 27 (18.9)  
I don’t know 89 (45.4) 29 (54.7) 60 (42.0)  
  1. * Dyspareunia confirm based on both Binik criteria and sexual distress, ¥ tested between the last two columns (confirmed and not confirmed dyspareunia), *P < .05, **P < .01