Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder
Contribution to Book
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
Pain during sexual intercourse can be distressing for women and impact significant relationships in their lives. Sexual pain is considered to be a significant women’s health concern, with a lifetime prevalence of 12% to 15% of women experiencing pain during intercourse. Relationship dissatisfaction is recognized as having a significant role in maintenance and exacerbation of sexual dysfunctions. Treatment of genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder includes psycho-education, goal setting, reducing anxiety, and improving relational dynamics. This entry introduces genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder, particularly as it relates to couples and family therapy, explaining the diagnostic criteria, etiology, comorbidity, and the impact on relationships. Assessment and treatment recommendations are also discussed.