Prioritizing the partner’s enjoyment : a population-based study on young Swedish women with experience of pain during vaginal intercourse

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Prioritizing the partner’s enjoyment : a population-based study on young Swedish women with experience of pain during vaginal intercourse
Author(s) Elmerstig, Eva ; Wijma, Barbro ; Swahnberg, Katarina
Date 2013
English abstract
Abstract The present study examines the prevalence of women who continue to have vaginal intercourse (VIC) despite pain, avoid telling the partner, and feign enjoyment. It also considers the reasons for this behavior. A sample of 1566 female senior high school students (aged 18-22 years) completed a questionnaire concerning their experiences and attitudes toward their body and sexuality. Forty-seven percent (270/576) of those women who reported pain during VIC continued to have VIC despite the pain. The most common reasons were that they did not want to spoil sex for or hurt the partner by interrupting VIC. Feigning enjoyment and not 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. 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 indicates that young women who continue to have VIC despite pain take a subordinate position in sexual interactions.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0167482X.2013.793665 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Informa
Host/Issue Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology;2
Volume 34
ISSN 0167-482X
Pages 82-89
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) female health
gynecological pain
psychosomatic gynaecology
sexual health
women´s sexuality
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15832 (link to this page)

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