When Sex Hurts


We've just ordered two excellent books for our lending library and wanted to share them with you!

When Sex Hurts: A Woman's Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain provides up-to-date information on vulvodynia and other pelvic/urogenital disorders that can cause painful sex, as well as valuable advice on how you can advocate for yourself, obtain the best possible medical care and improve your quality of life.

Ending Female Pain: A Woman's Manual addresses how to treat female sexual, pelvic and scar pain. This book is a great resource, filled with a variety of techniques to relieve pain and presented in a way that any woman can understand, and ultimately conquer their pain.

Here are a few more resources of support for vulvodynia and other vaginal pain conditions:

I also wanted to help spread the word about two survey studies that are looking for online participants. Please be in touch with the contacts below if you are interested in participating.

University of Ottawa
Researchers at the University of Ottawa are looking for women with vaginismus or provoked vestibulodynia (aka vulvar vestibulitis syndrome) to complete a questionnaire study on sexual health. Women between the ages of 18 and 44 who have always had difficulty with vaginal penetration or have had pain during half of all intercourse attempts are invited to participate in this research project.

Participation involves completing a set of questionnaires at home and sending them anonymously to the Human Sexuality Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa.

For more information about this study, please call 613-562-5800, ext. 2220, or email sexualhealth@uottawa.ca.

Queen's University
Researchers at Queen's University are looking for female volunteers to participate in an online study examining women's experiences with gynecological examinations. Women over 18 years of age with gynecological conditions, such as vulvodynia and endometriosis, as well as women without such conditions are invited to complete this secure online survey.

Participation involves completing a 45-60 minute online confidential survey. To thank you for your participation, you will have the option of providing your email address to be considered for four draws of $50 each.

For more information about this study, please contact the Sexual Health Research Laboratory by phone 613-533-3276, or email, shrl@queensu.ca.

~ blog entry by Stephanie Curran

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