University of the West of England (Bristol, England, UK)

Subject: Men's experience of their partner's pain during sexual intercourse

Contact: Debbie Lovell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details and requirements: Pain during sexual intercourse has only received research attention in the last two decades. Within heterosexual relationships, most of this research has focused on women. Whilst understanding women's experiences is hugely important, sex is an interpersonal experience and much less is known about the experience of women's partners. The aims of this study therefore are to better understand a) how men make sense of and respond to their partner's sexual pain, and b) how men view possible difficulties with sexual intercourse influencing their sexual relationship, their relationship in general and themselves individually.

Participation in this study involves responding to an anonymous online survey. In order to capture the unique and varied experiences that men may have, questions are answered in respondents' own words rather than selecting from a fixed choice of answers. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete depending on how much is written, and confidentiality of all data will be rigorously maintained. At the end of the survey, participants will be invited to request more information about a potential follow up interview, in order to talk more about their responses. In order to participate in the study, men must be over the age of 18, resident in the UK and have been in a relationship with a woman suffering from pain during sexual intercourse (or pain that prevented intercourse). The relationship can be current or in the past. The pain must have been present for 6 months or more.

The research will be used to better inform therapeutic practice for both individuals and the couple and enhance support for anyone seeking help.

Website: The survey can be directly accessed through the following links:


Alternatively, you can use a smartphone to scan the QR code below.

QR code for partners study survey website

(Correct as at 3 July 2019)