Healing Painful Sex

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


Naomi Wolf, author, The End of America and Give Me Liberty
“Dr. Deborah Coady, one of America’s great gynecologists, is an unusually clear-eyed and brilliant advocate for women’s health, and in taking on this taboo subject, which I had no idea of the prevalence of until reading this book, she and coauthor Nancy Fish are helping women from all walks of life recover full sexual and reproductive lives.”


Heather Roppolo-Guidone, Director of Education, Endometriosis Foundation of America
“This empowering book shatters myths, provides hope, and offers tangible help to countless women. Through their compassionate validation and expertise, Coady and Fish have broken the silence and begun the healing process for so many in need. Bravo!”


Talli Y. Rosenbaum, MSc, PT, AASECT Certified Sex Counselor, Associate Editor, Journal of Sexual Medicine
“Women who experience pain with intercourse often struggle with a healthcare system that fails to understand or validate their symptoms. This book captures their experience both physically and psychologically. With an optimistic, holistic, and mindful approach to healing, Coady and Fish provide empathy, support, and most important, a thorough education about the possible causes, approaches, and treatment options.”


Marta Meana, PhD, author of Obesity Surgery: Stories of Altered Lives
"A concise, clear, and comprehensive resource that informs and empowers women to get the care they deserve. Coady and Fish tend to women's bodies, minds, and relationships, illustrating precisely the type of integrated and holistic treatment approach that stands the best chance of success."


Amy Stein, author of Heal Pelvic Pain and Founder of Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, New York
"Healing Painful Sex identifies many of the mysteries behind diagnoses women commonly receive, and offers solutions to various conditions and disorders. This book makes it easy to understand challenging diagnoses. I highly recommend it to women and their healthcare providers."


Elizabeth G. Stewart, MD, author, The V Book
"Sexual pain loses its mystery in a book that comprehensively covers the myriad physical causes and treatments available to replace misiagnosis and improper treatment. For women, here is hope that cuts through the murkiness of vulvodynia to clear diagnosis for vulvar pain."


A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD Professor of Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University
"This book offers thoughtful, often holistic and spiritual advice reminiscent of Eastern Medicine. Anatomical terms and biology are demystified to form the basis of therapy. Great emphasis is placed on listening to the patient and doing a careful, gentle physical examination. Therapy includes physical modalities, medicinal approaches that include both oral and topical drugs, and, when necessary, surgery. I recommend this book enthusiastically to women in search of healing from painful sex."