Vaginismus - an involuntary spasm of the vaginal muscles that prevents penetration - has been discussed so little that many women who suffer from it don't recognize their condition by its name. They only know that they cannot tolerate gynaecological examinations or sexual intercourse and often feel that they are missing out on the pleasures of lovemaking and parenting. This is a practical guide which aims to liberate these women from their fears and sense of isolation and help them find the right form of therapy.
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In her description of vaginismus, a spasm of the vaginal muscles that prevents penetration, Valins relies heavily on her personal struggle with this poorly understood condition. She also draws on the professional literature, interviews, and/or correspondence with experts, and personal accounts from other vaginismus sufferers. Valins outlines the multitude of causes, the types of therapy available, and the difficulties a patient may experience in seeking help. Valins's openness and honesty about her own experience provides reassurance to the woman with vaginismus while making the condition understandable to other interested readers. The book provides a valuable list of organizations, practitioners, and other resources available to women who think they may suffer from vaginismus. The lack of consumer-oriented material on this subject makes this book a "must have" for any library seeking a comprehensive women's health collection.
- KellyJo Houtz Parish, Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City Sch. of Medicine Lib.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140170618