Treating Female Sexual Pain Disorders

This post was written by Kimberly Keiser and is based on a presentation provided by Talli to Kim’s sex therapy training students.

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Female Sexual Pain Disorders

It is estimated that 12 to 21% of women are affected by sexual pain disorders. In the past disorders were broken out into either dyspareunia — the experience of pain with sexual intercourse — and vaginismus — the inability to allow any vaginal penetration due to anxiety or fear of pain. So, physical pains were treated with physical medicine and pains “in the mind” were treated with sex therapy.

Today, we know there are many aspects to each sexual pain disorder and each requires a more comprehensive treatment. There are psychosocial, relational, sexual, as well as, medical and physiological complexities.


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