CATEGORY: Sexuality and Sexual health > Painful Sex 11 articles

This section includes information on all types of sexual pain. Keep reading to learn more about dyspareunia, vaginismus, vulvar vestibulitis

Below you will find all the articles written on this topic.


Common Causes of Vaginismus/GPPPD

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, Melvin Tillman, MA

    Vaginismus, the unconscious tightening of the vaginal muscles, is unpleasant, to say the least. Now classified as Genito-Pelvic Pain Penetration Disorder (GPPPD), this sexual dysfunction makes penetrative sex unpleasant…


Red/Yellow/Green Light Sex Exercise for couples

Posted by: Shannon Oliver-O'Neil, LSWTherapist

Physical connection is an important part of every partnership and every individual person’s health. Intimacy can take many different forms. Although our culture often holds up penetrative sex as the…


Vaginal Dilator Therapy for Sexual Pain

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Your journey towards pain free sex has been difficult. You have been undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, and may feel like you are going crazy.  You are frustrated that there is no medical…


Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Perks of Vaginal Dilator Therapy

The thought of using vaginal dilator therapy to treat recurrent or chronic sexual pain can be intimidating. Vaginal dilator therapy has been an effective treatment to…


Vaginismus

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Do You Have Vaginismus? Vaginismus is a disorder defined as painful spasms of muscles around the outer third of the vagina. Sometimes the muscles at the opening of the vagina tighten…


What is Vulvar Vestibulitis

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

You may have never heard of vulvar vestibulitis. Or maybe you are afraid that you have it. Vulvar vestibulitis is an inflammation in the vestibule, otherwise known as the vaginal…


Painful Sex: Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

At some point in their life, most women will experience pain during or after sex. Female pelvic or sexual pain is a widespread problem, affecting 3 out of 4 women…


How To Increase Communication In The Bedroom

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

How to Increase Communication in the Bedroom Center for Growth / Marriage Counseling in Philadelphia

While you may find your current sex life to be working for you and your…


Getting intimate without ever taking your clothes off

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Getting intimate without ever taking your clothes off developed at Sex Therapy in Philadelphia / Center for Growth.  Do you ever hear your wife say, “my partner always initiates sex, I…


Mindful Sex: A Guide To Becoming Fully Present Sexually

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Do you feel that you do not fully experience your sexual experiences and sexuality? Do you sometimes feel like you are not present during sex or like you are just…


Different Types of Sexual Pain

Posted by: Jennifer Foust, PhD, MS, LPC, Director of Clinical Services

Many conditions cause female sexual pain, otherwise known as dyspareunia. Some of the conditions that cause female sexual pain include: vulvodynia, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted infections, vaginal infections…