Find Sex Painful? You Are Far From Alone, New Study Concludes

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Need any more evidence to suggest we should be encouraged to talk about sex and sexual health more openly with each other? Then read on.

A new study has revealed that nearly one in 10 British women find sex painful.

A survey published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology assessed nearly 7,000 sexually active women between 16 to 74, 10 per cent of which indicated that what the sensation they experienced from sex was the opposite to pleasure.

The study went on to suggest that the pain was caused by a medical problem known as dyspareunia.

Women in their 50s and 60s are most like to be effected by the condition, followed by women in the 16-24 age category. Dyspareunia can be treated by a GP, and those who are experiencing pain during sex should seek medical advice.

Research also suggested that women often suffer from this problem in silence because they are too embarrassed to speak to professionals about it.

One woman, given the pseudonym Karen, 62, told the BBC she’d used all sorts of treatments but to no avail.

“It became like a vicious cycle. You worry and get tense and that only makes it worse. It wasn’t just in bed. It happened when I needed smear tests too. I would be crawling up the bed away from the nurse because it hurt so much.”

She also highlighted the importance of women who experience pain during sex being aware of the help they have available to them.

“Many women don’t like to talk about it. We share all the gore of childbirth, yet women don’t tend to talk openly about sex and the menopause. We should.”