10 October 2019

When sex isn’t fun…

Pain during sex is a constant for one in 10 women, and one in three women experience this kind of  pain occasionally. Then there are those women who suffer from vaginismus, who are so afraid of the pain that they avoid sexual intercourse completely. Sexologist Reinhilde Melles has studied what does and doesn’t help women to mitigate pain during penetration. In her doctoral research she scientifically demonstrated for the first time something that many women know from personal experience: sexual arousal makes penetration easier. And she developed a therapy for women with vaginismus that enabled all the participants to engage in sexual intercourse, later resulting in the birth of a number of long-wished-for babies.