There are many self help books available for learning more about your condition or symptoms and tips to help yourself at home.  The books are not a substitute for therapeutic interventions but may be a nice addition to your therapy.  Please ask your physical therapist which book may be the most helpful for your diagnosis.


Painful Conditions

“A Headache in the Pelvis: A new understanding and treatment for chronic pain syndromes”
by David Wise, Ph.D. & Rodney Anderson, M.D.

“ Why Pelvic Pain Hurts”
by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT, Sandra Hilton, PT, DPT, MS, &  Carolyn Vandyken, PT Cred MDT, CCMA (acup)

“Heal Pelvic Pain”
by Amy Stein, MPT

“ Pelvic Pain Explained: What Everyone Needs to Know”
by Stephanie A. Prendergast & Elizabeth H. Rummer

“When Sex Seems Impossible: Stories of Vaginismus & How You Can Achieve Intimacy”
by Peter T. Pacik, MD, FACS,  Joni B Cole and Nicole Piar

“ Ending Pelvic Pain: A Woman's Manual”
by Isa Herrera, MSPT, CSCS

“ Sex Without Pain: A Self-Treatment Guide To The Sex Life You Deserve”
by Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

“ Healing Painful Sex: A Woman's Guide Comforting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain”
by Deborah Coady, MD & Nancy Fish, MSW, MPH

“ The Vulvodynia Survival Guide: How to Overcome Painful Vaginal Symptoms and Enjoy an Active Lifestyle”
by Howard I Glazer, Ph.D & Gee Rodke, M.D., FACOG

“ The Interstitial Cystitis Survival Guide: Your Guide to the Latest Treatment Options and Coping Strategies”
by Robert M. Moldwin, M.D., FACS


Intimacy and Sexual Health

“ Intimacy with Impotence: The Couples Guide to Better Sex After Prostate Disease”
by Ralph and Barbara Alterowitz

“Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science that will Transform Your Sex Life”
by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D

“ The V Book: The Doctors Guide to Complete Vulvarvaginal Health”
by Elizabeth G. Stewart, MD & Paula Spencer

“ Wanting Sex Again: How to Rediscover Your Desire and Heal a Sexless Marriage”
by Laurie J. Watson, LMFT, LPC, Certified Sex Therapist

“ Private Pain: It’s About Life, not just Sex…..”
by Ditza Katz, PT, Ph.D & Ross Lynn Tabisel, CSW, Ph.D


Bladder Health

“ The Bathroom Key”
by Kathryn Kassai, PT & Kim Perelli

“ Staying Dry: A Practical Guide to Bladder Control”
by Kathryn L. Burgio, Ph.D, K. Lynette Pearce, RN, CRNP & Angelo J. Lucco, MD

“ Women’s Waterworks: Curing Incontinence”
by Dr. Pauline E. Chiarelli

“ Beyond Kegels”
by Janet A. Hulme, MA, PT


Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

“ Reviving Your Sex Life After Childbirth: Your Guide to Pain free and Pleasurable Sex After Baby.”
by Kathe Wallace, PT, BCB-PMD

“ Baby Bod: Turn Flab to Fab in 12 weeks Flat! “
by Marianne Ryan, PT, OCS

“ A Woman’s Guide to Pelvic Health”
by Elizabeth E. Houser, MD & Stephanie Riley Hahn, PT

“ Bounce Back Into Shape After Baby: The Ultimate Guide to a Fun Filled, Time and Energy Efficient Workout-With Your Baby”
by Caroline C Creager

“ Inside Out Prolapse Exercises Book”
by Michelle Kenway, PT

“ Mutu Systems: Postpartum Recovery for Moms”
by Wendy Powell