You probably remember hearing the rumor somewhere in the hallways of your middle school, maybe even before you were fully sure about what "sex" was: If you've got a vagina, the first time you have sex is going to be unpleasant and probably painful. Obviously this rumor is an incredible bummer, and it's one that's not fair. On top of all the other things our young middle school brains were already terrified of — like periods, armpit hair, and bras — introducing the concept of sex being painful seemed so cruel. Where did the rumor even come from? And, more importantly, was there ever any truth to it? To put an end to this particular component of the tween rumor mill, Alyssa Dweck, MD, a gynecologist in New York and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V , addressed the origins of the "sex is gonna hurt the first time" myth, and cleared up what someone can actually expect the first time they decide to get down.
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Well, here's the deal: You'll likely think it's kinda uncomfortable the first time, says Mary Jane Minkin, M. But make sure you have plenty of lubrication on hand. Also, if it's excruciating pain—full stop. So if the lube isn't working, maybe dial it down or forego the rear sack sesh that night. That said, anal certainly isn't a drag for all women. In fact, all it takes is scouring Reddit for some solid insight from real women on what anal sex feels like:.
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About 30 percent of women report pain during vaginal intercourse, according to a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which surveyed a subsample of 1, women and men ages 18 and older online. Awareness of painful vaginal sex—sometimes lumped under the term Female Sexual Dysfunction FSD —has grown as more women talk about their experiences and more medical professionals start to listen. Many conditions are associated with FSD, including vulvodynia chronic vulva pain , vestibulodynia chronic pain around the opening of the vagina , and vaginismus cramping and tightness around the opening of the vagina. But they all have one thing in common: vaginal or vulval pain that can make penetrative sex anywhere from mildly uncomfortable to physically impossible. However, you can absolutely still have sex, which we'll get to in a minute.
When it comes to anal sex, there are a LOT of myths out there. To help debunk some of the myths around anal, we rounded up a bunch of experts. The truth: Of course, with anal, the elephant in the room is usually about poop.