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When Sex Hurts: A Woman's Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  8 reviews
For the 20 million women who suffer from painful intercourse: the first book to address the multiple causes and the available treatments.Painful sex is a condition that causes embarrassment and silence—often going undiscussed or misdiagnosed; as many as 40 percent of women who suffer from it won’t seek medical care. And most medical professionals are still in the dark when ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review: 0 - No Rating

This is a rare rating so I need to clarify: "No Rating" doesn't mean it's a bad book. It means that it's just not the kind of book that I feel comfortable with REVIEWING. I want to talk about it, but I can't look at it critically. I do this if I know the author, or if the book is COMPLETELY outside of my regular reading wheelhouse, and let's face it: have you ever seen me review a book that's so obviously about womens' health? I thought not.

So this is what I'll say: I
Saffyre Falkenberg
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I literally learned more about my condition in reading this book than I have from the 5+ doctors and therapists I have seen.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish I had known about this book 2 years ago when I was in the midst of unexplained sexual pain! The combination of therapies described in this book are what helped me then, and reading it now I feel comforted in knowing a little more about when and why my pain started in the first place. My only criticism of this book is its heteronormativity and use of certain phrasing I found patronizing - however I understand a lot of the language is meant to make the book easily accessible to the ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The tone of this book is a little dry. I expected more compassion.
Texx Norman
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
People don't talk much about vulvodynia. If you can' have sex because of horrible pain, or if you are with someone you love and intend to stay with, and she can't have sex, well, it is a big problem, and yet who do you talk to about this?

Most books about sexual problems assume you could have sex if you were nicer, or used the latest slickyglide lubricant. If you've gone to doctors that say, the pain of sex is in your head, or your just too dry, or you should have a date night, but you know good
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Caveat: the description of endometriosis used in this book is inaccurate but I couldn’t bear to mark it down in the rating scale just because of that (and this is coming from someone who is militant about descriptions of endometriosis). This book is the most comprehensive, easy to read resource I have come across on pelvic pain. Forget the title - ‘When Sex Hurts’ should almost be renamed to ‘So your doctors blaming you and doesn’t know what to do about your pelvic pain? Show them this!’ An ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a pretty intimate topic - one that's pretty embarrassing to write about. I don't want any women to suffer in silence, so I'm going to step out of my comfort zone to recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from painful sex.

I can't remember how I found this book, but I am eternally grateful that it came into my life. For years I'd been told that painful sex couldn't possibly be related to using hormonal birth control. This book helped me understand that it actually could be related
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tremendously informative and worth every woman's time. Accessible and affirming of women's experiences during intercourse, this book provides language and terminology to speak with professionals about sexual discomfort and pain.
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