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Accepting Pain of Provoked Vestibulodynia Might Improve Sexual Satisfaction for Both Partners

Jun 23, 2015

Accepting Pain of Provoked Vestibulodynia Might Improve Sexual Satisfaction for Both PartnersWhen a woman has provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), the pain in her genital area can make sex extremely difficult. However, new research suggests that accepting the pain may improve sexual satisfaction for both women and their partners.

Pain from PVD is concentrated in the vestibule area, just outside the vaginal opening. The pain isn’t limited to sexual contact. Women with PVD often have pain when they insert a tampon or have a gynecological exam.

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New research suggests that accepting pain of PVD may improve sexual satisfaction. (Click to tweet)

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PVD is a challenge for couples. Women may feel anxious during sex because they anticipate pain. Partners may feel nervous too, as they know that their touch, intended to bring pleasure, will produce that pain. Many couples coping with PVD start to avoid sex altogether, even when it’s important to them.

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