Vaginismus and dyspareunia are common female conditions, affecting lives on many levels and causing physical pain, emotional anguish, and the sense of failure and sexual inadequacy. The shame that is associated with the inability to have vaginal penetrations often forces women into hiding behind a veil of silence. Healthcare professionals share the frustration in encountering a void in available resources and training regarding proper management of these conditions. This book, which includes extensive explanations, real - life stories of patients and partners, and treatment options, should be of great value to sufferers, partners, family members, healthcare professionals and spiritual leaders who will now be able to better understand the nature and management of these conditions. Yes, there is a cure!
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Ditza Katz, PT, Ph.D., is the founder of Women’s Therapy Center, a practice limited to treating women's sexual disorders, urogynecologic dysfunctions, abuse, and trauma. She holds an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy, a Master's degree in Pastoral Psychology & Counseling, a doctorate in Clinical Sexology, and clinical training in manual therapy and urogynecology. Dr. Katz, assistant professor of clinical sexology at Maimonides University and a Diplomate with the American Board of Sexology, is the only physical therapist in the USA who is a clinical sexologist.
Ross Lynn Tabisel, CSW, Ph.D., is Co - Director of the Women's Therapy Center, a Diplomate with the American Board of Sexology, and an assistant professor of clinical sexology at Maimonides University. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Adelphi University, a Post - Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Institute for the Study of Psychotherapy in New York, a doctorate in Clinical Sexology, and Certificate Training in the area of Sexual Abuse. Dr. Tabisel is the first Social Worker to be accepted as a member of the American Urogynecologic Society and of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology on the merit of her expertise.
Together, Dr. Katz and Dr. Tabisel pioneered the DiRoss Treatment Approach, a successful intervention for vaginismus, for which they have become known worldwide. Because of their expertise, they have been invited lecturers, nationally and internationally, educating healthcare professionals about their unique team approach to female sexual dysfunctions. Media appearances include NBC’s Nightly News, Glamour, Lifetime Online, Newsday, and their videotape documentary, Vaginismus: it’s about life, not just sex. Publications include articles in medical books, professional journals, and online professional publications. Speaking engagements include professional presentations worldwide, as well as extensive community outreach, educating women of all ages about their sexual health.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
The misunderstood nature of vaginismus brings about feelings of shame and inadequacy, making the suffering woman feel like "I am the only one who suffers from this," "even my doctor doesn’t understand it," and "I must be a freak," "weird," "deformed," "broken," "hopeless." There is a great sense of "My body betrayed me" because of the inability to have simple penetrations such as inserting a tampon, applying medication, undergoing a gynecologic pelvic examination, or conceiving a child in a natural way. Some women feel that it’s because "I don’t love my partner enough," while others believe that "it’s because my hymen cannot be penetrated."
Living in secrecy is the most common coping mechanism for dealing with the devastation of vaginismus and with the reluctance to admit and disclose the presence and details of the problem. With pain and sexual dysfunction being viewed as an abnormality, the lack of answers and solutions deepens the sense of helplessness and confusion even more.
The inability to consummate a marriage or a relationship is perceived as a personal failure, often forcing the couple to live a lie to their immediate family and closest friends by pretending to have a normal sex life. On the other hand, the single woman will choose to hide her anguish in embarrassment and in fear of being a social outcast. She will often avoid relationships, choose asexual partners, stay in a troubled relationship out of feeling sexually inadequate, wonder if she might be gay, or end a relationship when it becomes intimate...
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Book Description Womens Therapy Center, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110970029810
Book Description Womens Therapy Center, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0970029810