Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. While for many it’s a great excuse to express their love physically – others dread it.
Millions of British women admit they “dread” having sex on Valentine’s Day, according to a survey.
A poll of women aged between 40 and 61 found three million are particularly nervous about the big day – because they worry about potential sexual activity.
The research, commissioned by Vagisil, also found that nearly six million women suffer from vaginal dryness at some point in their lives.
A fifth of those polled made up an excuse to avoid sex because of it, and 24% confessed to “suffering in silence”, hoping it would get better.
52% of the women who said no to sex because of vaginal dryness said they felt like they had let their partner down, and 33% felt their partner was unhappy with them.
According to the research, which was commissioned as part of the Fearless GP Survey campaign, a third said not being able to have sex made them feel “less womanly”.
Dr Ellie Cannon, a practicing GP and the face of numerous health focused TV shows, including Health Freaks and Doctor in your House, said: “Intimate health issues, such as vaginal dryness, are still such taboo subjects meaning women are suffering in silence, when in fact it is a really common problem.”
She continued: “What’s more, vaginal dryness often isn’t recognised as a genuine condition by its sufferers.
“This is why I wanted to be involved in Vagisil’s Fearless GP Surgery; it’s an easy way for women to discuss any concerns anonymously, and be reassured that there are safe and effective solutions that’ll help make intimacy comfortable and enjoyable on any day, not just on Valentine’s”.