Healing Painful Sex

A Woman's Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain


Dr. Coady was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended the State University of New York at Albany where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1976. She went to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, graduating in 1980, and did her postgraduate residency training in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology at N.Y.U. Bellevue Medical Center. She was awarded the Lyman Barton Memorial for the graduating resident with honors in 1984. From 1984 until 1990, Dr. Coady maintained an active role in resident training and clinic administration at N.Y. Downtown Hospital, while also establishing a private practice. In 1990 she became partners with Dr. Dena Harris in creating SoHo OB/GYN, a women's healthcare center.

Dr. Coady is affiliated with N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and with N.Y. Downtown Hospital. Dr. Coady has been an advocate for improvements in women's healthcare and reproductive freedom all of her professional life. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1986, and is a member of the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also credentialed by the North American Menopause Society as a NAMS Menopause Practitioner.  Since the 1990s, Dr. Coady has focused a major portion of her private practice on caring for women with chronic vulvar and pelvic pain disorders. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders and the International Pelvic Pain Society. Please contact Dr. Coady if you need help with this problem. Dr. Coady lives in Manhattan with her husband, Dr. Michael S. Goodman, a dentist, and her son, daughter, and two dogs.

Nancy Fish received her B.A. in English from Barnard College in 1981, and received two Masters Degrees, one in social work and one in public health, from Columbia University in 1984. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and began a private psychotherapy practice in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in 1998. 

Nancy also works part-time in the practice of Soho Obstetrics and Gynecology counseling women with acute and chronic vulvar pelvic pain. Her clinical practice includes clients requiring treatment for depression, anxiety, anger management, and bereavement issues. A significant portion of Nancy's private practice focuses on women dealing with chronic pain. Some of the most common issues her clients confront are navigating relationships while pursuing treatment, understanding that their feelings are normal and "No, you are not going crazy," how to get emotional support from partners, friends and family, and explaining their medical condition to others. Nancy also helps women understand how coping with vulvar/vaginal pain is different and often more complicated than dealing with other forms of acute and chronic pain. Nancy has successfully helped both women and their partners overcome many of their emotional challenges.

Ms. Fish's approach to her clients' problems is eclectic, combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family life cycle therapy with particular emphasis on the relationship between the individual and herself as a therapist.