Shamsah Amersi, MD
OB-GYN located in Santa Monica, CA
Dyspareunia, or painful intercourse, is a fairly common condition that can affect women of any age. Dr. Amersi is a top-ranked provider of dyspareunia treatment, offering women treatment options that are customized for their specific needs to achieve welcome relief and to improve their quality of life.
Dyspareunia Q & A
What is dyspareunia?
Dyspareunia is a condition that causes pain during intercourse, including the period following intercourse. Women who suffer from dyspareunia may also experience pain when tampons are used. Although not a lot is heard about dyspareunia, millions of women experience it, often without realizing it can be successfully treated with a range of simple treatment options.
What are the primary causes of dyspareunia?
Dyspareunia can be caused by several underlying medical conditions or issues, including:
inflammation or irritation
anatomical defects, like a shallow vagina
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
vaginal muscle spasms (a condition called vaginismus)
skin issues that occur in the skin surrounding the vaginal opening
uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when weak pelvic floor muscles allow the uterus to protrude into the vagina
medical treatments like chemotherapy or some types of surgery
inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
chronic or severe stress
very large cysts
Understanding the cause of symptoms is the key to successful treatment. As a leading gynecology practice in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica region, we evaluate each patient carefully to ensure we recommend the most appropriate treatment.
What kinds of treatment are available for dyspareunia?
That depends on what's causing the painful symptoms. Possible treatment options include:
hormone replacement therapy to boost or replenish depleted levels of estrogen that can cause vaginal dryness
estrogen creams or lotions
lubricants to decrease friction and irritation
laser treatment to address an array of underlying issues and restore vaginal function
At our practice, your treatment will depend on a careful review of your symptoms and a thorough examination, including a pelvic exam. In some cases, ultrasound evaluation may also be prescribed.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Amersi is a fantastic, loving, and attentive doctor. She has been nothing but supportive and answers every question I have"
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"It took me 7 years to find the right gynecologist, and Dr. Amersi is it. Her office is so peaceful and her staff is so kind. I am so grateful to have found her!"
"I've been going to Dr. Amersi for about four years now and I absolutely love her"
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" Love this doc. She's quick and efficient but if you need to talk to her more or ask questions she's willing to take the time to do that."
"Dr Amersi gave me one of the best gifts: she kept me and both of my baby boys healthy and safe during pregnancy and delivery!"
"She is incredible! She genuinely cares about her patients and she really takes time to get to know you and treat you as a person, not just a patient."
"She is a true doctor who works from the heart and with such expertise! She has a way of looking at the whole picture that I think is so important."
"Doctors don't come any better then Amersi! She sincerely cares for her patients and is great at listening and providing the best care possible."
"Dr Amersi has been my doctor since 2004, she is really fantastic at what she does and really cares about her patients. The staff is super friendly."
"I have seen Dr. Amersi for the past six years or so and really love her. She thinks ahead and asks questions to make sure she is familiar with your situation."
"Dr. Amersi was able to calm all of my first time mom fears during my pregnancy and I knew I was in great hands when it came time to deliver.".
"She is very informative and knowledgeable, however she is also warm and caring and truly interested in your well- being!"
"Her knowledge, professionalism & caring attitude is a set of characteristics that I was never able to find in another OBGYN."
Dr. Sham helped us deliver Penelope & Adam safely into the world. You're more than an extraordinary doctor. We are grateful for your excellent care & genuine compassion