For women of all ages, painful sex is not only more common than you think — it's also extremely distressing. A new study conducted by researchers in the U. Researchers found that the age group most likely to experience painful sex were women ages 55 to 64, but it was also common in women between the ages of 16 and Additionally, this was the one issue related to sexual activity that women found to be the most stressful. According to the lead author of the study, Kirstin Mitchell, there are many reasons why someone might feel pain during sex, and in this study they're specifically talking about vaginal sex.
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Click to talk to a trained teen volunteer. From the very first time Abby had vaginal sex she experienced pain. After years of pain every time she had sex, Abby eventually decided to seek medical advice. The recommended treatment was pelvic floor physiotherapy. With penetration there was always pain at the start, but what happened afterwards would vary. Sometimes it was awful and sharp and it felt like sandpaper on my insides, other times that feeling went away quickly and it was bearable, or even pleasurable, so I had difficulties believing that I needed to get medical attention. I went to see a doctor, and they told me my problem was that my hymen was thick or something like that.
Painful Sex Is Common for Women of All Ages, Study Says
In an ideal world, sex would always be about intimacy, pleasure, fun and exploration—not pain or stress. Pain during sex is actually fairly common for people with vaginas. Many people feel uncomfortable talking about their pain, and end up gritting their way through it.
Fe Ilya on Flickr, under Creative Commons. It hurt. It burned. Eventually, her relationship ended, and when she entered a new one she expected the same thing.