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.
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Ditza Katz, PT, Ph.D., physical therapist/clinical sexologist and assistant professor of clinical sexology, and Ross Lynn Tabisel, LCSW, Ph.D., certified social worker/clinical sexologist and assistant professor of clinical sexology, pioneered the DiRoss Treatment Approach, as successful intervention for vaginismus, for which they have become known worldwide.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Excerpted from Private Pain: It's About Life, Not Just Sex ... Understanding Vaginismus & Dyspareunia by Ditza Katz, Ross Lynn Tabisel. Copyright © 2005. 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... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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