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What To Do If Your Partner Feels Pain During Sex

Debra Herbenick, Ph.d., M.p.h., Men’s Health’s Sex And Relationships Advisor, On Taking The Pain Out Of Pleasure.

Debra Herbenick PH.D

We always aim for feel-good sex, but sometimes, the truth is that sex hurts—especially for women. In fact, research finds that some 30 percent of women experience some pain during vaginal intercourse and about 72 percent experience some pain during anal intercourse. Those are pretty substantial figures. Worried your sex doesn’t feel quite right?

Here, Men’s Health’s sex advisor Debra Herbenick, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor and director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University Bloomington explains why sex can be painful for women and, most importantly, how to bring pleasure back to the bedroom—and send pain packing.

MensHealth.com (MH): Why can sex hurt her?

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