Sexual Pain Disorder

  • Rory NewlandsEmail author
  • William T. O’Donohue


The assessment and treatment of sexual pain presents a daunting challenge and demands close collaboration between the behavioral health provider (BHP) and the medical treatment team. Some of the primary factors that contribute to the difficulty of assessing and treating sexual pain include confusion about what constitutes “sexual pain” (and what separates it from nonsexual pain, e.g., for those with ongoing pain in the area), the wide array of etiological factors that shape the course and presentation of the pain, and the paucity of empirically supported treatments (Binik et al., 2002; Van Lankveld et al., 2010). The purpose of this chapter is to serve as a guide for navigating assessment and treatment of sexual pain.


Sexual pain Genital pain Genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder Dyspareunia Vaginismus Pelvic-pain conditions Chronic sexual pain 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

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