Why continue to have vaginal intercourse despite pain? Reasons and associated factors among young Swedish women
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CONTEXT: Pain during vaginal intercourse (VIC) is a frequent complaint among young Swedish women, of whom a considerable proportion continues to have VIC despite pain.
METHODS: In 2008, a sample of 1566 female high school students (aged 18-22 years) completed a questionnaire concerning their experiences and attitudes toward body and sexuality. In the present study we examined the prevalence of women who despite pain continue to have VIC, omit telling the partner, and feign enjoyment; as well as the reasons for such behavior. Chi-square tests and binary logistic regression were used to examine data.
RESULTS: Forty-seven percent (207/576) of those women who reported pain during VIC continued to have VIC despite pain. The most common reasons were that they did not want to destroy sex for or hurt the partner by interrupting VIC. Feigning enjoyment and omit telling the partner about their pain were reported by 22% and 33% respectively. Continuing to have VIC despite pain was associated with feelings of being inferior to the partner during sex, dissatisfaction with their own sex lives and feigning enjoyment while having pain.
CONCLUSION: Pain during VIC is reported by every third young Swedish woman and almost half of those still continue to have VIC. The major reason given is noteworthy --- prioritizing the partner’s enjoyment before their own --- and demonstrates that young women who continue to have VIC despite pain take a subordinated position in sexual interactions.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21175OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21175DiVA: diva2:240829