The study, which was conducted in Queensland, Australia, asked 230 female university students to complete an online survey. Almost half of the women surveyed reported having PCD symptoms at least once in their lifetime, with 5.1% experiencing PCD symptoms a few times within the past four weeks.
Dr Mandy Deeks, psychologist and Jean Hailes Deputy CEO, says that because it was a small study focused on university students, “more understanding is needed in other groups of women of differing ages before we can really comment further.”
“However, it’s fantastic that the researchers have brought up this topic and hopefully more understanding of this issue will now follow.
“Female sexual function is affected by so many things, including relationship satisfaction, body image, mood, whether you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, medications you may be taking, lifestyle and past sexual experiences. If someone is feeling anxiety, sadness or aggression following intercourse it’s important they explore what is causing these feelings and if they continue, to discuss these feelings with a GP or psychologist.”
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