Posted: Feb 16, 2010 09:58 PM
Omaha, NE–The pain started after 26-year old Hannah Kring gave birth to Zaley. She suffered tearing during labor. Months later, when the pain during intimacy wouldn’t stop, doctors sent her to physical therapy.
“It was completely zero. From the time of having her at birth until midsummer–nothing–and so it was really frustrating, depressing at times,” Kring recalls. “That was when I finally had a breaking point and just decided it was time to step up and say it’s not getting better I need some more help. Something needs to be done.”
She found Dr. Michael Feloney at Nebraska Medical Center, a urogynecologist who specializes in sexual dysfunction. Feloney is one of a growing field of doctors treating women for sexual problems.
While most of the research has concentrated on men, the statistics say almost half of women will experience some form of sexual dysfunction during their lives. But until now, there wasn’t a lot of attention paid to the topic.
“A lot of people say it’s in your head. A lot of women try to bring up the complaint and they get blown off and not heard,” explains Feloney.
Feloney characterizes three issues surrounding the problem. It can be a change in libido, sex drive matter or pain during intercourse. A common condition is inflammation in the vulva and the causes can be many, including a change in menstrual cycle, hormones, medications, even clothing and personal hygiene products. But it is often misdiagnosed as a yeast infection so it doesn’t get completely cured and keeps returning.