Young Swedish women's experience of pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse

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Abstract

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.

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