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But stricter controls on adult content online have been supported by the children's charity the NSPCC.The charity has found that half of schoolchildren admit to seeing sexual and violent material on the internet and that children wanted to copy the behaviour they had seen on porn sites, despite the majority of respondents saying porn didn’t help them understand consent. Those found guilty of copyright infringement could be imprisoned for up to 10 years.


Find out more about sexual health support services in your area."It is also rare in exploring – simultaneously and in detail – associations between dyspareunia [painful sex] and sexual functioning of the relationship, previous sexual history, attitudes towards sex and general health." They added that the findings have "addressed a gap in the understanding of the social and relationship patterning of painful sex (dyspareunia) at population level", and that their findings "are important and relevant to the work of a range of practitioners involved in gynaecology, oncology, psychosexual therapy, and more broadly in therapeutic settings".Overall, the findings of this study indicate painful sex is experienced by around 1 in 13 sexually active women in the UK.They were also asked if they experienced other difficulties with their sex life lasting three or more months, including: The researchers adjusted for age and examined the associations between reporting physical pain during sex and other sexual problems, demographic and health factors, sexual behaviour, sexual relationships and attitudes to sex.Painful sex lasting three or more months in the last year was reported by 7.5% (95% confidence interval [CI] 6.7% to 8.3%) of sexually active women.Open Rights said: “The proposals could mean individuals who share or link to files could receive custodial sentences – even if they have not made any financial gain.

This would be excessive and could mean sharing a file online would lead to a greater custodial sentence than physical theft.

The study's results highlight the arguably neglected issue of pain during sex – dyspareunia – which some women may be too embarrassed to seek treatment for.

Researchers surveyed almost 7,000 sexually active women and found 7.5% reported pain during sex.

The researchers in this study suggest there is a need for resources to support clinicians who feel uncomfortable broaching the subject of sex with their patients.

If you're experiencing pain during sex, see your GP or go to a sexual health (genitourinary medicine, or GUM) clinic.

A quarter of these women experienced symptoms very often or always for over six months, which caused them distress (1.9%, 95% CI 1.5% to 2.3%).