Sexual Pain Disorders: Etiology and Therapy
May 4, 2010•13 min
Host: Maureen Whelihan, MD
Guest: Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD
Pain is one of the most significant barriers to pleasurable sex— and very common, affecting 15 to 25 percent of women at some point during their lifetime. Dyspareunia and vaginismus are two of the most common pain disorders. What are the signs and symptoms, and what are the questions you can ask your patients in order to assess whether they're having pain and what type? Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg, chief of the division of behavioral medicine in the department of OB/GYN at Case Medical Center University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, joins host Dr. Maureen Whelihan to talk about treating dyspareunia and vaginismus through medication, behavioral therapy and pelvic floor physical therapy.