Girlfriend's Guide To Pain-free Sex

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If you are struggling with painful sex, you want to use tampons without pain, be able to get a speculum exam without fear and enjoy pain-free intimacy, then Dr.Darshana has written this book for you.

Pelvic health is the most taboo topic in healthcare today. Even Googling penetrative pain can feel dirty or shameful. However, a study done in 2020 showed that 1 in 5 women experience painful sex and it is impacting how they love, live and work. In this engaging book Girlfriend’s Guide To Pain-Free Sex, pelvic health expert Dr.Darshana shows readers how to take their power back. She gives a practical framework on how to optimize the health of your “ground floor”. She uncouples shame from pleasure and creates a practical and safe place to talk about the goods under the hood! Readers walk away with a step by step plan to take control of their intimate health as well as a guide on how to talk to their sisters, friends, and daughters. This is one book you will not want to miss!

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What Others are saying about this book and about Dr.Darshana

“Darshana Naik is a skilled doctorate level pelvic floor Physical Therapist who has taken on the challenging task of guiding women with painful sexual dysfunction and pelvic muscle disorders through reasonable and successful therapies, and this book is a must read for patients who have become frustrated, overwhelmed and discouraged with Google searches and initial interactions as they seek care. As a Urogynecologist / Female Pelvic Reconstructive surgeon, I too have heard the horror stories from my patients about being dismissed, unheard and untreated. I applaud Darshana for her dedication and passion for this topic. Once we open the door to more conversations, knowledge flourishes and stigma and shame is dismantled.”

-Dr.Julie LaCombe,MD

Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeon

“This is such a great resource for the many people struggling with painful sex! Darshana takes on this complex topic with compassion and humor. Her step by step approach lays out the path to improvement in a practical and doable way. I will be recommending this book to all my patients who need it!”

-Dr.Bettina Paek, MD

Co-Director, OB-GYN and Maternal Fetal Specialist , Seattle Children’s Hospital

“The Girlfriends Guide to Pain-Free Sex is a must read for any person who has struggled to receive a gynecological exam or be intimate with their partner due to pelvic pain. Unlike hard-to-read technical books, this guide is a practical, no-nonsense, friendly, and easily-digestible text to inform, empower, and comfort you. Pelvic pain is experienced by nearly 20% of women in the US, yet it is largely a silenced and inaccessible topic. People deserve to be out of pain and experiencing more pleasure and joy. Dr. Naik’s book will help you do just that. Do yourself a favor and read this book!”

-Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD, LMFT, CST-S

Author and Founder of The Northwest Institute on Intimacy.

“This will be the number one resource for my clients with pelvic pain. This book offers a step-by-step guide to help anyone dealing with painful sex.”

-Fiona O’Farrell, PhD, LMFT, CST-S

Director, Sexuality Certificate Programs,Antioch University

“Painful sex is a difficult yet common problem. As a seasoned OBGYN I am very happy that Dr. Darshana is talking about this issue. Darshana’s authentic personality comes through in this amazing comprehensive guide making an awkward topic approachable and mangeable!”

-Dr.Wendy Lorentz, MD

Obstetrician and Gynecologist-Seattle, WA

“I will recommend Dr Darshana’s book to all my patients struggling with pelvic pain. An amazing resource for a deeper understanding of a complex issue and steps for a tangible solution. Such an important resource for all women!!”

-Dr Akiko Kurachi, MD

Obstetrician and Gynecologist -Seattle, WA

“I loved reading this book. It’s a very easy read and is a great resource about this less talked about female condition. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anybody who is struggling with pain related with sex and intimacy, as well as health caregivers of these patients. Dr. Naik has worked in this field and helped many women in the greater Seattle area with pelvic pain issues, and the book reflects her understanding of women.”

-Dr. Ashwini Pandit, MD,FACOG 

Gynecology Chief of Department-Swedish Ballard 

“This book is a breath of fresh air for those who are weary and exhausted from the chronic frustration of sexual pain. It’s a realistic and holistic approach to sexual pain that is often overlooked by many in the medical community. As a mind-body practitioner myself, I can say this book is spot on!”

-Jess Seitz, OTR/L

Vaginismus coach-Florida