Young Swedish women´s experience of pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse
2009 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 88, no 1, 98-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective. To study experience and prevalence of (1) pain related to first sexual intercourse; (2) pain and/or discomfort associated with sexual intercourse during the previous month; and (3) associations between these experiences.
Design. Cross-sectional study. Setting. A youth center in southeast Sweden. Sample. Three hundred consecutive women, aged 13-21 (response rate 98%).
Method. During a two-month period, women consulting a youth center, participated in a questionnaire study. Main outcome measures. Pain and/or discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Results. The majority of the participants, 98%, had had sexual intercourse and of those, 65% reported pain related to first sexual intercourse. Forty-nine percent (99/203) of those who reported sexual intercourse during the previous month had experienced coital pain and/or discomfort during that period, and for almost every second woman (46/99), those experiences constituted a problem. We found no association between experience of pain during first sexual intercourse and pain and/or discomfort during the previous month.
Conclusions. Prevalence of pain and/or discomfort associated with sexual intercourse is high among women visiting a youth center. Our results show that coital pain in young women is a problem which needs to be further explored.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 88, no 1, 98-103 p.
Adolescent, coital debut, coital pain, sexual intercourse
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16528DOI: 10.1080/00016340802620999OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-16528DiVA: diva2:158141