According to a recent report, painful sex is more common in women of all ages than you think – and it is extremely distressing. According to the report published in BJOG (an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, every 1 in 10 women from age 16 to 74 are dealing with painful sex or dyspareunia in the UK alone.
The study conducted by researchers in the UK surveyed more than 6,000 sexually active women living in the UK. Researchers state that the age group that most likely to suffer from painful sex were female between the ages of 55 to 64, but it was also common in women in the ages of 16 and 24. And this was one of the most stressful issues women found about sexual activity.
According to the lead author of the study, Kirstin Mitchell, there are several reasons behind feeling pain during sex, and in the study, they were specifically talking about vaginal sex. She explained three primary reasons behind this:
- Some women may suffer from underlying medical condition or infection.
- For some, it might be they are not in ‘the mood’ or ‘aroused’ or just not feeling confident to communicate with their partner about what they like or dislike. So, they end up doing a sexual activity they do not enjoy and eventually hurt themselves.
- While some women get tensed or anxious causing sex to be painful and less likely to be enjoyable.
To avoid that, it is important that one should not be pressured into doing something they do not enjoy or want their bodies to form will cause pain at the end.(Read about just found out i am pregnant)
However, Mitchel says that experiencing pain during sex doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with your body, or your intimacy with your partner. Interestingly, she added, we do not see any association between a painful sex and happiness with relationships.