The Atlantic

The Startling Rise of Choking During Sex

A quarter of women in the U.S. report feeling scared during sex.
Source: Stoyan Neno / Reuters

There are a lot of emotions commonly associated with sex: love, happiness, excitement, maybe even relaxation. But for many women, one sexual feeling that comes to mind is a darker one: fear.

In a recent study, Debby Herbenick, a professor and sex researcher at the Indiana University School of Public Health, found that of adult women in the United States have

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic5 min read
The Veronica Mars Twist That Undoes a Strong Season
Hulu’s revival of the detective drama ends with a curveball that cheapens the arc of one of the show’s most fascinating figures.
The Atlantic6 min readPolitics
The Dirty Secret of Mueller’s Testimony? Voters Might Not Care.
Rather than expecting fireworks from the former special counsel’s appearance before Congress, many seem wary of getting their hopes up.
The Atlantic4 min readPsychology
I Found The Key To The Kingdom Of Sleep
In order to fall asleep at night, I must run a gantlet of bedtime rituals. I must be marinating in overnight-skin-care products from head to toe. One (but only one) of my legs must be hooked around the side of my covers, poised to alert me to the pre