You could be reading the full-text of this article now if you...

If you have access to this article through your institution,
you can view this article in

Sexual Pain

BOARDMAN, LORI A. MD, SCM*; STOCKDALE, COLLEEN K. MD, MS

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181bf4a7e
Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction
Abstract

Sexual pain is an underrecognized and poorly treated constellation of disorders that significantly impact affected women and their partners. Recognized as a form of chronic pain, sexual pain disorders are heterogeneous and include dyspareunia (superficial and deep), vaginismus, vulvodynia, vestibulitis, and noncoital sexual pain disorder. Women too often tolerate pain in the belief that this will meet their partners' needs. This article provides a review of the terminology and definition of the condition, theories on the pathophysiology, diagnostic considerations, and recommendations on the management of female sexual pain.

Author Information

*University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, Florida

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vulvar Vaginal Clinics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Correspondence: Lori A. Boardman MD, SCM, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, 12201 Research Parkway, 4th Floor, Orlando, FL 32826. E-mail: lboardma@mail.ucf.edu

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.