Sex is an important part of many people’s relationships for a number of different reasons. It allows couples to bond, it’s incredibly exciting and it’s just so damn pleasurable.

Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to be.

However, it’s an unfortunate fact that many women endure pain during sexual intercourse which can take the pleasure out of the whole experience. In fact, women are often depicted in movies and television shows as being the ones more likely to experience an unpleasurable experience.

The issue was discussed in a very eye-opening episode of The Doctors:

Pain during sex is certainly not a clearcut issue as there are many factors which play a part in causing it.

However, the Daily Mail has reached out to a Sydney-based physiotherapist and Heba Shaheed from to find out about the five main reasons women don’t enjoy sex and what can be done to sort the problem.

Pain as a result of endometriosis or inflammation

“There are a number of reasons why women do not enjoy sex, with one of the biggest reasons being pain with sex,” Heba said. “We often hear about weak pelvic floor muscles and consequent bladder control problems but in the case of painful sex, the pelvic floor muscles become too tight.