I became hysterical and when my husband got home I fell down on the floor and just begged him to kill me because I couldn’t do my job, I couldn’t be a wife, I couldn’t take care of my child, and there was no reason for me to go on. – Jane (interviewee)
The doctors told me it was all in my head, that I really couldn't be having any pain because I was no longer testing positive for a urinary tract infection. I would pray before going to see each new doctor. I'd walk in the office thinking, "Please. I don't care if I have cancer at this point. Just tell me it's something so I can learn to deal with it or take steps to make it better." – Kat (interviewee)
I was diagnosed with vulvodynia when I was 20, but I know I had it much longer than that. My family physician had no idea that vulvodynia was a condition and even went so far as to tell me that the pain was all in my head. – A patient of Dr. Echenberg
When the pain first started, I silently continued intercourse. When the pain was severe, I just had to stop. We would try at times, but I couldn't stand the pain. Eventually, my husband quit going to bed with me. He would stay up at night watching porn and satisfying his needs. We were married only two years when the pain started. – Survey Respondent


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"The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic and Sexual Pain"

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA


Unique model of care  

Our program for pelvic, genital and sexual pain has now seen patients (both women and men) from at least 32 different states and from 10 countries outside the US.  About 1400 women and men have benefited from Dr. Echenberg's  knowledge, diagnostic skills, and unique combinations of non-surgical therapeutic techniques over the past 15 years.  There is no one elsewhere who spends the amount of time on your first visit to educate and "connect the dots" concerning your particular complex of symptoms that have led so many of you to have multiple surgeries, multiple invasive diagnostic studies, and to have seen many different specialists and still have no clear answers as to why you have not been helped.  

Dr. Echenberg's combination of using the most current neuroscience on chronic pain processing, a very personalized bio-psychosocial model approach, and his 40 years of medical experience working in the pelvic region all explain the "difference" experienced by patients in our program compared to any others elsewhere in the world.  Many of our new patients had already given up hope of finding any significant relief of their symptoms and soon realize there is a way out of pain and suffering through a combination of integrative care, compassion, state of the art knowledge of pain itself, and a dedicated staff to help restore hope and purpose in your life.  We receive many requests from all over the US and the world and we find it discouraging that there are so many women and men with genital pain (clitoral, vulvar, penile, vaginal, etc.), PGAD (persistent genital arousal disorder), painful sexual intimacy, as well as bladder, lower bowel, lower abdominal, low back, buttock, tailbone, groin and hip painful issues.  It is time for an effective model of care to emerge that has now been evolving in our program since 2001


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623 W. Union Blvd. #5, Bethlehem, PA 18018

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