Help with Painful Sex

For many women, painful sex is a real problem. To help address painful sex, please feel free to use the following resources:

  • Pain Evaluation Form
    • Every evaluation must begin with a thorough history. This form is intended to both help assess your pain experience and also to bring with you when you meet with a health care provider.
  • Painful Sex Stories - You Are Not Alone
    • Learning what other women have experienced, and what they have done about it, can help you with your own situation.
  • Pain Management / Sex Without Pain
    • A list of books and other pain management / sex without pain resources.
  • Common Female Sexual Problems
    • There are many sex problems that may relate to painful sex.  Understanding what they are, and what to do about them could bring insight to your own situation. 


  • Impact of Painful Sex on a Couple's Relationship
    • It is estimated that between 15 to 20% for women in the US suffer from painful sex.  There are many reasons why this might be happening. But one of the best kept secrets in women's health care is that there is help for pelvic and vulvar pain. 

Specialized Treatment for Problems of Painful Sex

I have established collaborative working relationships with other health professionals in the San Jose / Palo Alto area who take a special interest in working with women experiencing vulvar or pelvic pain that results in painful intercourse. Based on recent research results, this informal group is using new interdisciplinary treatment approaches for women experiencing a problem with painful sex.  Contact me, Mary Buxton, if you are experiencing these symptoms and would like to learn more about treatment options.

It is not uncommon for women to have seen many doctors and specialists over many years in an attempt to define and treat this problem. 


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Mary M Buxton LCSW, Inc. - Sex & Couple Therapy - Licensed Clinical Social Worker  #LCS 7780
15951 Los Gatos Blvd., #14, Los Gatos CA 95032 -  Phone: 408. 371.4847 -  Email Mary

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