Anal sex is not the only option for women suffering painful vaginal intercourse | Nina Booysen

Endometriosis, vulvodynia and pelvic mesh implants can all make vaginal sex painful. But it doesn’t have to be the end of a fulfilling and pleasurable sexual life

Women around the world reacted with disgust to doctors who suggested women experiencing painful sex as a side-effect of vaginal mesh implants try anal intercourse instead. Sadly, this kind of dismissive attitude from the medical profession is not surprising. However, as a sexologist who mainly works with women who have trouble enjoying sexual intercourse, I can tell you there are other options.

Research shows that doctors respond differently to patients who complain of pain based on gender. Typically, people do not question the experience of pain of a cancer patient, or indeed a man. A woman tends to be met with scepticism, especially when it comes to her reproductive organs or nether regions. Often, woman will be met with: “I’m sure it’s not that bad” or “that really shouldn’t hurt” or even, “you’re being a little hysterical”.

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