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
– Jane (interviewee)
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
"The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic and Sexual Pain"
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
The Pelvic region consists of all aspects of the male and female body between the umbilicus (belly button) and the mid thigh. Chronic Pelvic Pain is a complex of painful pelvic symptoms including, but not limited to:
1) spontaneous and unwanted sexual arousal in genital area (PGAD)
2) urinary frequency and urgency associated with pain,
3) irritable bowel issues,
4) lower abdominal bloating and pressure,
5) vaginal itching, burning, and sensitivity,
6) vulvar pain, burning, or itching,
7) sexual pain (entrance, during, and/or after in females, and erectile and ejaculatory in males),
8) lower back, sacral, hip and/or lower abdominal pains.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, then there is a good chance that we can help you.
Unique model of care
Our program for pelvic, genital and sexual pain has now seen patients (both women and men) from at least 35 different states and from 15 countries outside the United States. Over 1500 women and men have benefited from Dr. Echenberg's knowledge, diagnostic skills, and unique combinations of non-surgical therapeutic techniques for almost 20 years. There is no one elsewhere who spends the amount of time on your first visit to provide meaningful education and help you "connect the dots" concerning your particular complex of symptoms. So many of you have had multiple surgeries, multiple invasive diagnostic studies, and have been to see so many different specialists and yet you 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 more than 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 from their symptoms. But, they 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 still so many women and men with chronic and persistent genital pain (clitoral, vulvar, penile, vaginal, etc.), PGAD (persistent genital arousal disorder), painful sexual intimacy, as well as pain issues related to the bladder, lower bowel, lower abdomen, low back, buttock, tailbone, groin and hip. We have currently an effective model of care that has been evolving in our program since 2001.
We offer a range of services that include in-office visits and Telemedicine conferences on a HIPAA Compliant Platform.