Belinda Wurn, PT, Research Director of Clear Passage Physical Therapy

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Over 60 Percent of All Women Suffer From Pain During Love Making

Expert Reveals Natural Treatments Can Be More Effective Than Traditional Medicine

Topic Summary

It’s the silent plague that robs women of their self-confidence, casts a pall over romantic relationships, and even ends marriages. Yet few women talk about it, and even fewer seek help.

According to the Journal of Family Practice, three out of every five women reported pain during love making. The American Family Physician published a study that charted 60 percent of women reporting the same at some point in their lives. Yet, despite the astronomical numbers, few women seek help for the condition.

This condition, known by physicians as dyspareunia, has haunted women for decades. Medical treatment such as desensitizing cream and pain killers attempt to make marital relations more bearable.

“The problem is that these ‘remedies’ simply mask the symptoms; they do not return normal function,” said physical therapist Belinda Wurn, research director of Clear Passage Physical Therapy ( and an expert in this area. “However, there are some natural therapies that can actually address the cause of the pain, and restore a woman’s sense of confidence and maybe even save their marriages.”

Discussion Questions

What are the most common causes of dyspareunia?

  • What are the remedies most doctors recommend?
  • Why don’t they work?
  • What types of natural therapies exist to provide relief for women?
  • How were these therapies discovered?

Topic Overview

Belinda Wurn knows first hand about dyspareunia.

“Millions of women suffer needlessly from this kind of pain,” she said. “Recent studies indicate that there is no longer any need for most of these women to have pain during intimacy. While conducting research and treating over a thousand women with pelvic pain, we found that dyspareunia appears to stem from tiny adhesions that form when a woman heals from infection, inflammation, surgery, or trauma. Thus a bladder infection, a fall from a horse, bicycle or during gymnastics, or endometriosis triggers a healing response that can pull on nerves or make the delicate tissue in the region inflexible, causing pain during intimacy.”

Wurn’s relationship with pelvic pain began early, after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and underwent extensive pelvic surgery. She was pronounced cured, but within a year she began to experience a pulling sensation in her pelvis, which turned to debilitating pain. Her doctors told her that the pain was due to adhesions caused by her surgery, and the only way to relieve the pain was more surgery, which would likely result in more adhesions.

This started Belinda and her husband, massage therapist Larry Wurn, on a 20-year journey of research and investigation into non-surgical methods to relieve pelvic pain. The result was a new soft tissue physical therapy that is both safe and effective, and is now offered in several clinics in the US. The new physical therapy treatment they perfected feels like a deep massage, “but calling it a massage is like calling the space shuttle a plane,” Larry says. “Treatment protocol varies widely, depending on the patient.” The focus of the work is to reduce the adhesions that formed in the body over time, and return the structures to normal mobility, tone, and function.

The Wurns were alerted to its effectiveness for dyspareunia while treating infertility and other pelvic pain issues at their clinics. Patients began reporting dramatic pain reductions, and increased libido and function after receiving the new physical therapy, now dubbed the Wurn Technique®.

“Modern medicine has its limits; some conditions cannot be treated with an ointment or a pill,” she said. “I lived it, and learned that there are better methods available outside of the mainstream. The human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself, and sometimes all it needs is a little help to engage its own natural capabilities. The women we have seen typically have been told by their doctors that there is little or nothing available to treat their pelvic pain, but that’s patently untrue. We’ve seen excellent results, even in women who have suffered from this pain for decades.”

About Belinda Wurn

Belinda Wurn began her education as a pre-med student at the University of Florida. She was an excellent student, but soon realized that her heart was in a more “hands-on” approach. She transferred to the Physical Therapy program, graduated and began working. An artist when he and Belinda married, Larry Wurn is now a massage therapist and Research Director of Clear Passage Physical Therapy, Inc.  Their new book, Miracle Moms, Better Sex, Less Pain, co-authored by research gynecologist Richard King, MD, is available at Larry and Belinda Wurn are living happily ever after in Gainesville, Flo.

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