Vaginisums / Pain Books


When Sex Seems Impossible. Stories of Vaginismus

By Peter Pacik, 2010

This is an excellent book about vaginismus. The book explores possible causes of vaginismus, the history of vaginismus, and various treatment options. It is weak in that it does not outline the most common treatments for vaginismus: dilators and physical therapy. Rather, it focuses exclusively on Vaginismus Treatment Under Anesthesia, which is a last resort, but can be important for cases where dilation is unsuccessful.

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

By Andrew Goldstein, 2011

Painful intercourse is a condition many women suffer with in embarrassment and silence. This book dispenses with myths and outlines a myriad of causes which can contribute. It may not give you all the answers, but it will give you information and vocabulary to get the help you need.

Healing Pelvic Pain

By Amy Stein, 2008

If you suffer from an agonizing and emotionally stressful pelvic floor disorder, including pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, prostatitis, incontinence, or discomfort during sex, urination, or bowel movements, it’s time to alleviate your symptoms and start healing–without drugs or surgery. Natural cures, in the form of exercise, nutrition, massage, and self-care therapy, focus on the underlying cause of your pain, heal your condition, and stop your pain forever.

The life-changing plan in this book gets to the root of your disorder with:

  • A stretching, muscle-strengthening, and massage program you can do at home
  • Guidelines on foods that will ease your discomfort
  • Suggestions for stress- and pain-reducing home spa treatments
  • Exercises for building core strength and enhancing sexual pleasure