Steps to Health
Learn More About the Condition and Share the Information with Your Health Care Provider
As this pain is experienced directly in response to sexual activity, it can interfere in a woman’s sexual life and negatively affect her relationship. This can generate a great amount of stress for the woman and her partner.
We know that feelings of frustration, hopelessness and helplessness can make any type of pain worse. Our patients tell us that after they learn more about this condition they feel more equipped to deal with the pain. Learning more about this pain condition will decrease the fear, anxiety and panic that often are associated with genital pain. Women and their sexual partners need reliable and understandable information about this condition and they need to understand the role that stress plays in making the pain worse.
Vestibulodynia is a legitimate pain condition and women need to be reassured that it is “not in their heads”. There are many useful websites, journal articles and books that can used to learn more about this pain condition.
Websites we recommend:
Books we recommend:
- When Sex Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain (2011). A. Goldstein, C. Pukall & I. Goldstein. ISBN-10: 0738213985
- Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing and Treating Sexual Pain (2011). D. Coady & N. Fish. ISBN-10: 1580053637
- The V Book: A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health (2002). E. Gunther Stewart & P. Spencer. ISBN-10:0553381148
- The Vulvodynia Survival Guide: How to overcome Painful Vaginal Symptoms and Enjoy an Active Lifestyle (2002). H. I. Glazer & G. Rodke. ISBN-10:1572242914
- A Women’s Guide to Overcoming Sexual Fear and Pain (1997). A. Jones Goodwin & M. E. Agronin: ISBN-10: 157224089X, ISBN-13: 978-1572240896
Journal articles we recommend:
- The Vuvlodynia Guideline. 2005, American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, vol.9, number 1, 2005, 40-51:
- Vulvar Vestibulitis Syndrome: A Critical Review. S. Bergeron et al. The Clinical Journal of Pain.13;27-42 1997 Lippincott-Raven publishers, Philadelphia