Vaginismus? Vulvodynia? What?

People ask all the time about the difference between Vulvodynia and Vaginismus, so here’s a brief explanation: Vulvodynia is chronic unexplained pain in the vulva that lasts for over 3 months. The pain can be described as burning, stinging, rawness, or even itching. It can occur with intercourse, but frequently women will have pain with …

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Pelvic-Floor Therapy

As a professional working in the field of women’s sexual health at Congtythamtu, I wondered what impact the abuse perpetrated by Larry Nassar on USA gymnasts would have on individuals in need of pelvic – floor physical therapy and the profession in general. I came across a piece in the huffingtonpost.com which sets the record …

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May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Last year, the International Pelvic Pain Society designated May “Pelvic Pain Awareness Month”. Spreading this awareness and education about pelvic pain means a lot to us at Congtythamtu. We see Pelvic Pain on a daily basis and are always frustrated at how little is known about it in the medical community, and society at large. …

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Why You Should Consider MonaLisa Touch

MonaLisa Touch is a laser treatment for postmenopausal vaginal atrophy, which is the thinning of the walls of the vagina caused by decreased estrogen levels. This can often cause vaginal dryness and burning as well as pain during intercourse.  MonaLisa Touch is a simple procedure that is relatively painless and is performed in 3 sessions …

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Painful Sex Can Last for Years, But it Doesn’t Have to. Finding the Right Provider is Key

Painful sex is one of the most common complaints that presents in our practice.  There are a multitude of causes for painful sex such as, hormonal changes, pelvic floor muscle issues, and neurological changes. Below is an article about congenital neuroproliferative vestibulodynia, which is a condition some woman are born with. The primary symptom is …

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What is Vulvodynia?

Vulvodynia is an unexplained pain at the vaginal opening for greater than 3 months.  Other terms are vulvar vestibulitis, vestibulodynia, or vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. Some studies show that as any as 16% of women have suffered from vulvodynia at some point in their lives, but it is difficult to estimate, because many women don’t report …

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Can a UTI Cause Chronic Vulvar Pain?

I was recently asked if a urinary tract infection could lead to chronic vulvar pain. A urinary tract infection is when bacteria invades the urinary tract, and causes such symptoms as burning with urination, frequency of urination and the feeling of an urgent need to urinate. Although a urinary tract infection(UTI) does not cause any …

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Vaginismus Success Story: A Patient’s Perspective

After working with women with vaginismus for almost 15 years, I have learned how isolating and alone this condition can make one feel.  Women struggle with this secret and it takes tremendous courage to reach out and seek treatment.  I’d like to share a recent success story of a patient of mine who faced her …

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Dyspareunia

“What is Dyspareunia” has probably not been an answer on Jeopardy, but I could be wrong. Dyspareunia is a general term that describes any pain during sexual intercourse. Symptoms can include: pain upon penetration, sudden pain after intercourse, deep pain during thrusting, and burning pain anywhere in the pelvis. It is essentially a “basket” diagnosis, as it …

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