But just tolerating mediocre or even bad sex is a terrible idea! "When you're hoping that sex ends and are disengaged from the experience, you are dissociating," says Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, founder and chief relationship advisor of Relationup and an ABS-certified clinical sexologist. "Even though this sexual experience is consensual, by feeling dissociated from the experience, you feel the strangeness and awfulness of having something sexual done to you that you don't want to be occurring."
Faking orgasms creates a negative feedback loop
To end the cycle of faking orgasms, all parties must find their voice in the bedroom and speak up.
"If you fake it once and he thinks what he is doing is working, he will continue to do what he thinks will work next time," says Connell. If something feels good, give your partner props and reinforce the behavior. Know that it's perfectly OK to stop a consensual sex experience if it isn't doing it for you. Ditto for not coming at all. Sex is all about creating boundaries.