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Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH is one of the most highly qualified and experienced clinical hypnotherapists and sex therapists practising in Australia today who has received worldwide recognition and praise for her research and development of clinical procedures.
Are you suffering from uncomfortable and painful vaginismus?
Does nothing seem to be working and it’s upsetting as well as embarrassing every time you try intercourse?
Is vaginismus stopping you from having good and rewarding sexual relations?
Do you now need help with a coordinated sexual health approach to resolve the problem?
Vaginismus is difficulty for females to have intercourse.
There is primary and secondary vaginismus.
Primary vaginismus is when you have never been able to experience vaginal entry. Secondary vaginismus is when you have previously been able to experience vaginal entry but for some reason you no longer can.
There are many reasons this can happen.
It can be a physiological reason in that you may have a smaller vagina than other females.
You may be less sexually active or aroused and may not have physically stretched the vagina, or the hymen may not have been broken.
Or you may associate vaginal entry with pain and fear.
Did you know that as well as the services we provide, we work with a coordinated multi-specialist team to allow you to go through to having intercourse?
Primary vaginismus is far more common than most people think as the ways in which the vagina can malform are profuse and GPs do not really understand how things may affect a woman when she comes to have sex.
Many GPs think if they can insert a finger inside you with a glove on and lubricant that you are able to have sex but that is not so in many cases.
Sex is a complicated manoeuvre that requires upper region space; it involves the way your skin stretches or how your muscles relax or clench when you attempt to have sexual intercourse. While sexologists understand this, many doctors do not.
Secondary vaginismus has its own dynamics whereby you have been able to successfully have sexual intercourse before but for a number of reasons are unable to tolerate sexual intercourse or vaginal entry for medical exams.
This can be very frustrating and have dire consequences on your relationship, causing fractures in your marriage or partnerships.
Since I am a naturopath as well as a clinical hypnotherapist (I also teach hypnotherapists how to use hypnosis within sex therapy) and psychosexual therapist (member of the Australian Society of Sex Educators, Researchers and Therapists NSW), I am able to offer eclectic treatment for vaginismus.
I take a full medical history and may order blood tests so we can ascertain if there are physical causes of the vaginismus.
I may prescribe herbs or make other recommendations, including referrals for medications and physical therapy.
Each person is treated as an individual and treatment is designed specifically for you to maximise results.
Initially I see you on your own but in some cases we may also ask your partner into therapy at a later stage so you can work towards a solution together.
Do you know I have been helping people overcome vaginismus for over 40 years now so they can have good sex?
I have presented at the World Sexology Conference twice and the World Hypnotherapy Conference (AHA), both times on sex-related issues so am very experienced with helping you find solutions with your vaginal problems.
Some women experience psychosexual vaginismus where you are unable to relax on vaginal entry. In those cases hypnotherapy is very successful in helping you be able to be more comfortable around vaginal entry.
You may have experienced sexual abuse and need help in overcoming past trauma to move on to more comfortable vaginal entry.
There is even a possibility that your cultural background or mindset may be interfering with your ability to relax the vagina during entry.
As an ASSERT-registered sex therapist, hypnotherapist and naturopath, I have many clinical options for treatment of vaginismus. Sometimes they may be in-clinic solutions and sometimes we may make outside referrals depending on the dynamics of your case.
Book your appointment for sex therapy and hypnotherapy with Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH by calling 02 8021 6429.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath in Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with me at the Australian Health & Education Centre.