According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, nearly 3 out of 4 women have painful sex at some time in their lives.

For many women that pain can stem from vulvovaginal issues that can be addressed with a variety of integrative approaches.

Join Jessica Drummond, Michelle Lyons, and Lee Hullender Rubin to learn how functional nutrition, physical therapy, and acupuncture are essential tools for caring for women with vulvodynia and vulvar dermatological conditions.

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The Specifics... What will I get when I enroll?

The Integrative Women's Health institute has developed an online course to support women’s health and wellness professionals to confidently and effectively support women to optimize their vulvovaginal health from an integrative and multidisciplinary perspective. Using integrative tools to support optimal digestive, hormonal, immune system, integumentary, and nervous system health gives clinicians tools for root cause resolution of vulvovaginal pain, painful sex, itching, and discomfort.

This course is designed for physicians, physical therapists (physiotherapists), nutritionists, acupuncturists, midwives, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, and health coaches. It is an online, 6-week program that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Each module contains evidence-based, clinically relevant information that is applicable to your practice right away.

  • Module 1: Background – This module discusses the prevalence, causes, diagnosis, and the impact on mind- body-spirit for the following conditions: vulvodynia, vulvar atrophy, vaginitis, and vulvar dermatological conditions.
  • Module 2: BioPsychoSocial & Spiritual Aspects – This module discusses down training the nervous system and other strategies for calming the stress response and pain interpretation by the nervous system.
  • Module 3: Functional Nutrition for Vulvovaginal Health – This module discusses how functional nutrition supports the optimal functioning of the digestive and immune systems, and healthy balance of the gut and vaginal microbiota using nutrition and other lifestyle medicine recommendations.
  • Module 4: Applying Physical Therapy to Vulvovaginal Conditions – This module discusses hands-on and movement based physical therapy techniques and strategies for reducing pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, ischemia, and other contributors to vulvar pain and discomfort.
  • Module 5: Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine To Address Vulvovaginal Pain and Dermatological Conditions – This module discusses how Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can be a part of a multidisciplinary approach to optimizing vulvovaginal health.  This module includes a discussion of East Asian Medicine, and when to refer to East Asian Medicine professionals.
  • Module 6: Health Coaching Strategies for Supporting Women with Vulvovaginal Pain Conditions – This module is an introduction to health coaching skills for women’s health clinicians, and includes a discussion of how to apply health coaching skills to support and empower women with chronic pain conditions.

One Live Discussion and Q&A call with your faculty. (Don’t worry if you can’t attend live. The call recordings will be promptly uploaded into your membership site.)

The module content including a recorded webinar, a PDF of the slides, and additional handouts for some modules, are delivered to you weekly. You won't be overwhelmed! (And, if you are, we're here to support you!)

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