Painful Sex Not in Our Heads but Right Docs Scarce

Sunday, December 11, 2011

While women may not often talk about it, painful sex is a common health problem that can be healed, say Deborah Coady and Nancy Fish in their new guide, "Healing Painful Sex." In this excerpt, they explore the challenges of finding a good doctor.

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Yes, it is just that difficult to find a physician who is either educated about sexual pain or willing to become so. But help is out there, treatments do exist and once you find the right person to work with, you have enormous reason for hope. Please don't give up on yourself and your sex life, because we promise you, something can be done.

A full and complete recovery is often possible. In many cases, although you may face some recurring flare-ups of your condition, you can look forward to long periods with no pain or only minimal discomfort. Even in the most difficult situations, you can experience a significant reduction in your pain and can find help for reintroducing sex as a joyous and nourishing part of your life.

We promise: Things can get better.


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Excerpted from "Healing Painful Sex: A Woman's Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain" Deborah Coady, M.D., and Nancy Fish, M.S.W., M.P.H.. Available from Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright 2011.

Dr. Deborah Coady is a clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University's Langone Medical Center. Her medical practice, Soho Obstetrics and Gynecology, is located in New York City. Nancy Fish is a licensed social worker with a master's degree in public health. She works part-time in her office counseling patients and leads a monthly support group at Soho Obgyn. She has a private practice in Bergen County, N.J.

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