Blood loss and pain at first coitus in women with different ethnic backgrounds

Blood loss and pain at first coitus in women with different

ethnic backgrounds

O.E. Loeber

Mildredhuis, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Young women are

often influenced by many myths and fears about blood loss at the first coitus,

especially when they come from countries where speaking about sex is something

of a taboo. In the Netherlands, on the other hand, people have been known to

think that the hymen itself did not exist. To find out what women had

experienced at the first coitus we handed out a short questionnaire to the

clients of a family planning clinic. We asked them about their age at first time

they had sex, whether they had no pain, a little or more than a little, whether

they had no blood loss, a little or more than a little, in what country they or

their parents were born and whether they had used tampons prior to the first

time they had sex. More than 90% of the women remembered exactly how it felt

that first time.

A total of 412 questionnaires were collected. Preliminary figures show the

following: – half of the women in the Netherlands and other countries in Western

Europe had no blood loss and a quarter had no pain the first time. This was far

less than women from other backgrounds, sometimes even 2 to 3 times less. –

although women from Arabic countries all think blood loss at first coitus is

obvious and normal, almost a quarter of them reported no blood loss at all. – if

the sexarche was at a younger age the girls had less blood loss. – of the women

who had no blood loss, half had used tampons the other half had not.

More exact

figures will be shown at presentation.

Conclusion Assuming the female anatomy

is much the same all over the world apparently fear and anxiety play a very big

role at first time sex in the perception of how much blood loss is to be

expected and the experience of pain.

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