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Keywords:

  • dyspareunia;
  • libido;
  • perineum;
  • postpartum;
  • sexual intercourse;
  • vaginismus

While a temporary reduction in libido is acceptable following childbirth, women should not expect postpartum dyspareunia to occur. If these symptoms are left untreated a woman can become afraid of having intercourse and the problem can escalate, causing long-term physical and psychological morbidity. This can lead to sexual disharmony and relationship breakdown. Early and sensitive management is crucial in the prevention of long-term problems. In this article we present a multidisciplinary approach for managing women with dyspareunia following childbirth.