The term dyspareunia difficult or painful coitus has always been presumed to refer to coital distress in women. The word stems from Greek, and somewhat freely translates into “badly mated.” Since no comparable word reflecting or suggesting coital distress for men has been established, the poetic license will be begged.
Here is comprised of sections devoted to consideration of individual complaints of female and male sexual dysfunction identified by the individuals involved as difficult or painful coitus. Men can be “badly mated” too!
That factor in the total of male and female sexual dysfunction perhaps most difficult for the therapist to define involves the psychophysiological complaint of dyspareunia.
Diagnostic insecurity relates directly to the fact that dyspareunia has a varied number of both subjective and objective origins that frequently give rise to combinations of psychophysiological distress rather than complaints that can be categorized individually.