We asked an expert why female sexuality is still so taboo
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The sexual health and safety of women is something that isn’t spoken about enough, filled with misconceptions and ignorant ideas. The issue was highlighted in a recent study conducted by husband and wife team, Dr David Delvin and Harley Street psychotherapist Christine Webber. Christine is very open about why she and Delvin undertook the study in the first place. “Both [of us feel] very strongly about giving people information that will help them to have good and happy sex lives," she says, "and which will also enable them to understand what is really normal and what’s not.” Despite being aware of the myths and mistruths around female sexual health, there were still some surprises when the results came in. Christine said that what she found most surprising was to do with the amount of female orgasms that were claimed to be experienced (almost 40%) and the number of women that suffer pain when they climax – “This is rarely talked about and yet, as you’ll see from the results, about one in seven have this problem.” One of the reasons for the study was to determine how we can make a difference and raise awareness. So, does all this misinformation just come from a lack of education? Christine is "could not be more delighted" at the subject of Sex and Relationship Education becoming compulsory. “Education gives us choice and accurate information about conception and infection," she says. "In countries where there is good sex education – such as the Netherlands – the age of first intercourse tends to be higher and the rate of unwanted pregnancy lower than in countries where sex education is poor or non-existent.” Despite the lack of talk about woman and their sexual habits, Christine doesn’t believe this is because of a cultural taboo and instead argues that women’s sexual pleasure and response might be something that men find difficult to understand, due to numerous reasons.
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