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Sex Therapy for Sexual Pain: Does it Make Sense?

Sex Therapy for Sexual Pain: Does it Make Sense?

The so-called “sexual pain” disorders, vaginismus and dyspareunia, have been treated quite differently in the past. Women suffering from vaginismus were typically treated via a Masters & Johnson progressive dilatation method. Until recently, this type of treatment was considered a sex therapy success story. On the other hand, women suffering from dyspareunia, were rarely treated via sex therapy but were typically either referred for medical intervention or for treatment of a presumed underlying psychosocial cause for their pain (e.g. abuse, couple dysfunction, depression etc).

Unfortunately, both of these treatment approaches were based on theory, tradition or the prevailing influence of important clinicians rather than on data. Recent randomized controlled trials have suggested that the Masters and Johnson treatment for vaginismus is not as successful as had been thought. On the other hand, recent RCTs for the treatment of dyspareunia have suggested the CBT type treatments combining pain management and sex therapy are very useful. The future of sex therapy in the treatment of dyspareunia and vaginismus will be discussed.

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011

Sex Therapy

Focusing On Female Sexual Pleasure: Improving Sexual Satisfaction Across Cultures

Orientation Toward Eroticism: A Critically Based Proposition for Sex Therapists

Putting Instrumental Sex on the Couch

AASECT Position Statement on Sex Addiction: A Sexual Health Advocacy Process

Will Non-binary Gender Change our Conception of Sexual and Couple Therapy?

The advanced and new methods of sex therapy in China

Sex therapy is a good method for resolving sexual and marital problems in the world. In the past 2 decades, sex therapy has become increasingly popular among Chinese psychologists and clinical doctors, who master and practice this method in their clinical work. This lecture will provide an overview of the rich Chinese sex culture and history of sex therapy and also the evolution that has led to the advanced and new methods in sex therapy in China. We have been using different ways including history review, experts’ visiting, survey and clinical practice to show Chinese traditional sex culture and new methods in sex therapeutic approach. 

Moving towards a mature, positive model of sexuality (and away from one based on adolescent boys' masturbatory practices)

A summary of one of the key messages in Ms Hellyer’s full-day pre-conference Workshop, Coaching & Tantra: Integral Aspects of an Effective Contemporary Approach to Sex Therapy, this paper looks at how long-term sexual suppression in the West has led to a limited view of ‘normal’ sex in contemporary society, a model based more on adolescent male sexuality than a mature, positive sexuality applicable to both genders and all ages.