About this episode

Limited research has explored the causes of sexual pain and difficulties with intercourse that are experienced by women across the world. Dr Thula Koops and Professor Peer Briken at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf have spoken to women experiencing these difficulties and listened to their real stories and thoughts on the origins of their sexual difficulties. Based on these interviews, two main themes emerged. The first links these difficulties to perceived implications of womanhood, while the second focuses on the separation between body and mind in relation to the cause. More

Original Article Reference

This SciPod is a summary of the paper “A Woman Should Still Be a Woman” – A Grounded Theory of the Origins of Sexual Pain and Difficulties with Intercourse, published in Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.

This production was funded by the Hamburg Research Academy and Claussen-Simon foundation


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