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10 September 2010

Sex helps vulvovaginal pain

Chronic vulvovaginal pain affecting millions of women can be mitigated by her partner's response, but can also exacerbate the condition particularly if they avoid sexual activity.

Chronic vulvovaginal pain affects millions of women, and while it can be mitigated by her partner's response, it can also exacerbate the condition particularly if they avoid sexual activity, a Canadian study showed.

"An overly concerned partner may lead a woman to avoid sexual intercourse or exacerbate her pain by increasing her anxiety, hyper-vigilance and negative thoughts about the pain, which can in turn increase her pain during intercourse," said another lead author, Natalie Rosen, also at the University of Montreal.

 
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