This is part two of a three-part My Sexual Health (MSH) Sexual Pain Training series.
Part two covers the female genital examination in depth, you might be surprised by the amount of things you did not know about the female genitalia! There is a lot of information that you can gather from the examination of the vulva and the vagina. All of this information contributes to making the correct diagnosis and compiling a treatment plan that will ultimately guide the patient to full recovery.
Provoked Vestibulodynia is the most common cause for superficial dyspareunia in the patients that we have seen at MSH. You have to follow a systematic approach to get to this diagnosis. It is actually a simple process, there are just many factors to consider. Keeping a tick list handy will help you to take everything into consideration and again make a diagnosis that will inform a comprehensive treatment plan which addresses the patient’s challenges holistically. Many of the patients we see at MSH had seen other doctors, physios and psychologists before. I believe the reason why they did not fully recover from the treatment that was offered, is because some or many of the contributing factors were missed and not addressed, leaving the patient even more despondent and frustrated.
Part one covers the Introduction and all of the tips and tricks to take a history that will help you make the correct diagnosis, where you consider all of the contributing factors holistically, not only the presenting medical or psychological problem.
In line with international research, MSH uses a multidisciplinary team approach for the treatment of Sexual Pain. This is a training in advanced Sexual Pain Management from the perspective of the MSH Multidisciplinary Team – all of the inside info and practical advice you need to be able to diagnose and treat even the most complicated patient with sexual pain. Our main focus is on making the correct diagnosis for the cause of the pain and then on developing an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
This course is compulsory for any healthcare provider who wants to join the MSH multidisciplinary team officially and available for other healthcare providers with a special interest in Sexual Health.
Here you can find more information about joining the MSH Multidisciplinary team: https://mysexualhealth.co.za/msh-membership/
Presented by The Clinical Head of My Sexual Health:
Dr Elna Rudolph