5. Because of physical pain and emotional frustration.
“I suffer from vaginismus, a condition where penetrative intercourse is painful. I was having sex with my boyfriend and experiencing pain and discomfort when I started crying. Not from the physical pain, but from the complications and frustrations that came along with the experience that was supposed to be magical and pleasant. While my partner was experiencing those very feelings, I was simultaneously conflicted, in pain, and unhappy. I couldn’t help killing the mood with some tears. When he noticed, he was alarmed and rushed to comfort me, trying his best to understand what it was I was feeling. This, to me, felt most intimate of all.” —Sarah L., 23