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First Book Focusing on How "The Secret Pain Women Won't Talk About" Affects Relationships
Date:6/30/2009

For an estimated 15-20 million American women, sex hurts. Most suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed or ashamed to speak of it. Symptoms can include burning, stinging, or stabbing pain in the genital area, urinary urgency, irritable bowel, low back pain (and many more), any of which can prevent women from having, or enjoying, sex. For the first time, a new book brings this taboo subject out of the closet, giving voice and hope to those who suffer … and those who love them.

Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) June 30, 2009 -- For an estimated 15-20 million American women, sex hurts.

Most suffer in silence because they are too embarrassed or ashamed to speak of it. Many have no diagnosis. Symptoms can include burning, stinging, or stabbing pain in the genital area, urinary urgency, irritable bowel, low back pain (and many more), any of which can prevent women from having, or enjoying, sex.

While women experience the pain physically, it's both they and their partners who suffer from its effects, which create confusion, guilt, frustration, low self-esteem, and a diminished quality of life. The conditions that cause persistent severe discomfort between the mid abdomen to mid thigh (classified by doctors as chronic pelvic pain) constitute an under-reported epidemic of pain and shame that is destroying the fabric of relationships.

For the first time, a new book brings this taboo subject out of the closet, giving voice and hope to those who suffer … and those who love them.

"Secret Suffering: How Women's Sexual and Pelvic Pain Affects Their Relationships" (Praeger, May 2009) is the first to tell the story of how sexual pain affects the lives of women and their partners, often in their own words. It also provides information on cutting-edge research and effective treatment strategies.

According to Susan Bilheimer, co-author with gynec
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