When Sex Hurts
Apr 25, 2012 - 10:44:36 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Painful sex is one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis, an under-recognized condition that can wreak havoc on a woman's life and relationships. Andrew Cook, MD, one of only a few gynecologists in the U.S. to specialize in treating it, offers hope and help in his new book.
Andrew Cook, MD, has treated thousands of women with endometriosis (endo, for short), a condition in which the endometrial cells that make up the inside lining of the uterus migrate to other areas inside the pelvic cavity and then grow into painful lesions. Painful sex is one of the most common symptoms of this under-recognized illness and its impact can often be felt far beyond the bedroom. "Most women are upset not only because they aren't able to feel sexually satisfied but because they are unable to give their partner the intimacy and pleasure they'd like to provide. Men may become frustrated that a once-satisfying sex life has evolved into a situation that is painful for their partner and unfulfilling for them. Over time it can really undermine a relationship," says Cook. It can also leave a woman feeling alienated from her partner as she battles endo and needs support more than ever.
In STOP ENDOMETRIOSIS AND PELVIC PAIN: WHAT EVERY WOMAN AND HER DOCTOR NEED TO KNOW (March 22, 2012; Femsana Press; paperback) Cook offers invaluable help for addressing painful sex associated with endo.
Cook is available for interview. Here is just some of what he can discuss:
THE HOW AND WHY: When endo is the culprit, the endometrial implants and associated scar tissue located just behind the vagina and cervix are painful to pressure or touch. Cook will offer a lay person's understanding of how endometriosis interferes with satisfying sex.
TALKING ABOUT IT: For most of us problems in the bedroom trigger tension and emotional stress, including fear, guilt, resentment, frustration and anger. Cook will offer help for communicating about the disorder driving the pain and explain how to sensitively discuss the sexual problems associated with it.
GETTING HELP: Cook has developed a revolutionary treatment for endothat combines state-of-the-art laparoscopic surgery and the best in traditional medicine and complimentary care. At his clinic, The Vital Health Institute, he treats patients from around the world. Cook will share the treatment plan that has offered relief to hundreds of women, many of whom suffered from the most severe cases of endo.
THE HELP AFTER THE HELP: Surgical removal of the endois only the first step. Many couples need help in resuming a satisfying sex life. Cook will share tips for rekindling life in the bedroom. He will also reveal how to recognize when it is time to seek the outside help of a counselor, pelvic physical therapist or sex therapist.
ABOUT ANDREW COOK, MD, FACOG
Andrew Cook, MD, FACOG, founder and medical director of Vital Health Institute in Los Gatos, California, is an internationally recognized women's health expert who has devoted his professional life to helping women with complex health problems. A renowned gynecologic surgeon, he is a leader in minimally invasive surgical techniques and a pioneer in the treatment and management of endometriosis.
Cook trained as both a gynecologist and a reproductive endocrinologist. He finished his fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991 and has been in private practice, primarily in Northern California, since then. He is one of only a handful of experienced specialists devoted to the treatment of endometriosis and pelvic pain. Even among these specialists, he is unique in his comprehensive approach to his patients' overall health.
Cook is known for his compassion, dedication, and leading-edge integrative approach that combines traditional Western medicine and surgical treatment with complementary care and a holistic philosophy.
Women from across the country and throughout the world turn to Dr. Cook for help with complex pelvic pain problems.
MORE ABOUT DR. COOK'S TREATMENT PROGRAM: www.vitalhealth.com/treatment-considerations/the-truth-about-endometriosis.php
ABOUT DR. COOK'S PHILOSOPHY: www.vitalhealth.com/meet-dr-cook/philosophy.php
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