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J Sex Marital Ther. 2016 Nov 16;42(8):707-720. Epub 2015 Dec 7.

Vulvar Pain-Associations Between First-Time Vaginal Intercourse, Tampon Insertion, and Later Experiences of Pain.

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a Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies, Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University , Malmö , Sweden.
b Department of Psychology , Mid Sweden University , Östersund , Sweden.


This study examines associations between the first experience of vaginal intercourse/tampon insertion and later experiences of vulvar pain. The study is based on questionnaire data from 1,259 Swedish female senior high-school students, aged 18 to 22 years old. Of these, 592 women reported present vulvar pain. Present vulvar pain was associated with first-time experiences of vaginal intercourse (pain, negative experience, against will) and with pain at tampon insertion. First-time experiences were also related to temporal aspects of present vulvar pain during vaginal intercourse (at the beginning, after a while during, and after). Implications of first-time experiences of vaginal intercourse for future symptoms of vulvar pain are discussed.

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