SIU Medicine launches a new sexual health clinic
Sexual dysfunction and sexual health concerns affect a large number of people of all genders and identities. For example, 4 out of 10 women over the age of 18 have reported a sexual concern related to desire, arousal and orgasm. For many, these concerns and sexual dysfunction can be difficult to discuss.
SIU Medicine has created a new Sexual Pain Clinic as a safe space dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of sexual health problems. This clinic is an addition to SIU Medicine’s Sexual Health Clinic that provides sexuality counseling. We believe it is important for improving not only the physical wellbeing of our population but also the mental wellbeing of our community members.
Common issues treated at Sexual Pain Clinic
SIU Medicine's Sexual Pain Clinic is located within the Women and Children's Clinic at 400 N. Ninth Street, Suite 3C.
Appointments can be made directly or through physician referral. The private one-on-one sessions last about 40 minutes.
This new clinic will offer expertise on a wide range of women's sexual pain conditions. These common conditions could include:
- Dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- Vaginismus (tightening of the pelvic floor muscles with attempted penetration)
- Vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain)
- Vestibulodynia (chronic pain at the opening of the vagina)
- Clitorodynia (pain of the clitoris)
- Vulvar and vaginal atrophy (commonly due to menopause or hormone deficiency)
- Vulvar and vaginal skin disorders (ex. Lichen Sclerosus, Lichen Planus, Lichen Simplex Chronicus, etc.)
- Hypertonic pelvic floor musculature
- Vulvovaginitis (candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, genital herpes, contact dermatitis, etc.)
- Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder
- Cancer and Genito-pelvic Pain
No matter why you're seeking help, you can expect a personalized and private experience that connects you with the services to begin improvements in your health and associated symptoms.
Are you looking for a sexual health and women's health provider near Springfield?
Kaylie Caswell will be providing care at the new clinic. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner in SIU Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Certified Sexuality Counselor through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
SIU Medicine is eager to expand sexual health care for central and southern Illinois. The clinic is open Tuesday mornings and will eventually add Monday afternoons to run alongside Dr. Katherine Hild-Mosley’s Vulvar Clinic.
If you or a loved one would like to learn more about the Sexual Health Clinic or the Sexual Pain Clinic, contact us to schedule an appointment today at 217-545-8000.