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Secret Suffering: Women's Sexual and Pelvic Pain, and the Effect on Their Relationships [NOOK Book]

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Secret Suffering: How Women's Sexual and Pelvic Pain Affects Their Relationships is the first book to explain how pelvic and sexual pain affects the lives of women (and men) and their partners in their own words/ The work also provides information on cutting-edge research and describes the most effective treatment modalities. Susan Bilheimer, coauthor, shares her own experiences as a patient who has gone down the painful, frustrating road of living with an illness that is often dismissed and not taken seriously. ...

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Secret Suffering: Women's Sexual and Pelvic Pain, and the Effect on Their Relationships

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Overview

Secret Suffering: How Women's Sexual and Pelvic Pain Affects Their Relationships is the first book to explain how pelvic and sexual pain affects the lives of women (and men) and their partners in their own words/ The work also provides information on cutting-edge research and describes the most effective treatment modalities. Susan Bilheimer, coauthor, shares her own experiences as a patient who has gone down the painful, frustrating road of living with an illness that is often dismissed and not taken seriously. Robert J. Echenberg, M.D., coauthor, has treated over 700 women (and some men) with the disorder. He shares his decades of experience and expertise as a gynecologist and specialist in the treatment of chronic pelvic pain.

Not only does CPP interfere with a woman's physical and mental health, it can wreak havoc in family relationships, ruin careers, and wreck marriages. In the majority of cases, women suffer in silence. Even when they do seek medical help, what they find too often is inadequate care, as most doctors, even gynecological specialists, are not properly trained in recognizing, much less treating, all aspects of CPP.

Through classic, new, and emerging research, with statements from experts and interviews with CPP sufferers and their partners, Secret Suffering exposes and gives strong voice and compassionate understanding to this complex disorder. Most importantly, information on effective treatments for CPP, as well as the depression and other psychological fallout it may cause, are presented. Through Secret Suffering, Bilheimer and Echenberg finally shatter the silence, educate patients, build understanding, anddemand that chronic pelvic and genital pain be taken seriously by the medical community.

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What People Are Saying

John S. McDonald

"Wonderful thoughtful book. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I am so proud of you for taking the time and making the effort because you want to make a difference in other pain sufferers' lives and because you have been through it all. Overall, life is about helping to make others happier and healthier. It's important to realize that we are making progress yearly on the multi-systemed disease links and beginning to unravel the mystery of the pain pathways so that we can better block pain sensations."

John S. McDonald, M.D.
Clinical Professor and Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chief of Staff, Harbor UCLA Medical Center President, Professional Staff Association Harbor UCLA, Clinical Professor Department of Anesthesiology, Clinical Professor Department Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles

Lindsay Novak MA

"A reader can clearly grasp the underpinnings of pain, anatomy and physiology, the myriad of pelvic pain diagnoses, symptoms, treatment options, and most importantly, normalization.

Professionals, who are true believers in pain, can highly benefit from this book, also."

Lindsay Novak MA, LIMHP, CPC Sex Therapist and Director of Sexual Medicine & Wellness Center, Omaha, NE

Lisa Martinez RN

"Susan Bilheimer and Robert J. Echenberg, MD, FACOG have brought to our attention the challenges and severe frustrations of those with Chronic Pelvic Pain. The Secret Suffering will help women and men overcome many of those challenges and not feel so alone in their efforts to overcome such debilitating pain."

Lisa Martinez RN, JD Executive Director, The Women's Sexual Health Foundation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313359224
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 1,255,696
  • File size: 501 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Bilheimer is a freelance and technical writer with 18 years experience. Her articles and personality profiles have appeared in regional and national magazines, and her weekly column, "That's Life", appeared in a series of Pennsylvania newspapers for over five years. Her published works include How to Become a Technical Writer, Wandering Mind Meditation, Living with Sam, A Retreat of One's Own, and the booklet 64 Tips to Relieve Sexual Pain. In 2003, Bilheimer's interest in women's midlife issues led to the creation of an informational website on perimenopause (perimenopausesupport.com). Her own struggle with sexual and pelvic pain drove her to write Secret Suffering. She developed the Secret Suffering website (SecretSuffering.com) to aid and support other women who live with this affliction.

Robert J. Echenberg, MD, board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, is an established practitioner in the field of chronic pelvic/sexual pain in women. In 2001, after a 30 year career as an OB/GYN, he developed a successful treatment model for this complex pain syndrome. Many hundreds of women (and even some men) have benefited from his program over the past eight years. Echenberg has spoken nationally and internationally on sexuality, medical ethics, and pelvic pain in women. His private practice is located in Bethlehem, PA.
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