Post-coital genital injury in healthy women: A review

Birgitte Schmidt Astrup, Annemette Wildfang Lykkebo

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Female genital injury following penile sexual intercourse in healthy women is a matter of importance and debate in many parts of society. However, the literature on the subject is sparse. There are a few studies regarding minor injury that does not require treatment in adult, pre-menopausal women, a single study of adolescent women, and none regarding post-menopausal women. Larger lesions requiring treatment are described casuistically. The purpose of this article is to provide a short, easy-to-read review of the literature regarding the prevalence and nature of female genital injury following consensual sexual intercourse in otherwise healthy women.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Anatomy
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)331-338
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • coitus
  • consensual sexual intercourse
  • female genitalia
  • injury
  • labia minora
  • lesion
  • vulva
  • Prevalence
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Lacerations/diagnosis
  • Young Adult
  • Contusions/diagnosis
  • Adolescent
  • Coitus
  • Genitalia, Female/injuries
  • Physical Examination
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hematoma/diagnosis


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