While we all know that performance anxiety in the bedroom is real, for both men and women, certain sex positions can induce anxiety, too. A new survey of 500 Americans and 500 Europeans by Superdrug OnlineDoctor found that when it comes to sex positions, some are far more anxiety-inducing than others. Even if the position sounds fantastic in theory, as many do, to actually execute it and put it into motion is a whole different story. The first time a partner suggested we try 69, I immediately went into panic mode, forcing me to politely decline. Simply, I wasn't ready for it and feeling anxious while having sex rarely goes well together.
"In order to get a hold of anxiety, it's important to understand where it's coming from," Dr. Jennifer Caudle, Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Rowan University, tells Bustle. "That could mean a heart-to-heart with yourself, with your partner, with your doctor, or with anyone you trust. Then you can reveal the underlying issue. Often, just feeling like you can communicate is the most important thing sometimes."
If you've ever felt anxious about sex, or more specifically, certain sexual positions or situations, know you're absolutely not alone. Here are the eight most anxiety-inducing sex scenarios for American women.