Female Sexual Pain Workshops

NOTICE: This course has been cancelled by the Australian Physiotherapy Association due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Female Sexual Pain Workshop lectured by Eileen Lavis will be organized by The Australian Physiotherapy Association in 2020.

Please find below information about the workshop.

Course: Female Sexual Pain

This course is appropriate for qualified physiotherapists only

This is an advanced course that assumes you can do a vaginal exam, are actually working in this area and have done assessments.

Studies have shown that female sexual dysfunction involving sexual pain affects up to 46% of the female population. The pain can impact a woman psychologically and financially, as well as their relationships and sense of self. Female sexual pain therefore requires appropriate biopsychosocial assessment and management. At least 50% of the course content is underpinned by research to support the terminology, assessment protocols and treatment options. The focus of the course is to enable participants to understand and identify common types of female sexual pain. There will be further emphasis on safe external and internal assessment, which will require active participation from course attendees. Case studies will assist in bringing the concepts, assessment skills and treatment techniques together to develop a management strategy for women experiencing sexual pain.

Presenter Eileen Lavis, APAM

Learning Outcomes

Completing this course will enable you to:

  1. Understand female pelvic anatomy and pain concepts specific to female sexual pain with application of the pelvic anatomy concepts in the internal and external assessment practical sessions
  2. Understand the concept of the female sexual response
  3. Identify common sexual pain conditions – such as genito-pelvic pain penetration disorder (vaginismus and dyspareunia), overactive pelvic floor muscles and vulvodynia
  4. Complete an initial assessment of a client with female sexual pain and plan a follow-up treatment – sample assessment and screening forms in the manual
  5. Identify and implement treatments appropriate for the management of female sexual pain.


  • Basic understanding of female pelvic anatomy
  • Basic understanding of pain concepts. Previous experience with conducting an internal vaginal examination

Eileen Lavis, Principal Physiotherapist, Complete Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Eileen gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation from Melbourne University in 2002 which further expanded her knowledge of continence and pelvic floor conditions. Eileen and her team are the only Physiotherapists solely specializing in private practice continence and pelvic floor Physiotherapy in The Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter region. Eileen was awarded The Continence Foundation of Australia 2008 National Conference Scholarship. She is a clinical educator for pelvic floor courses provided to Doctors, Physiotherapists and Nurses with Complete Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and is a lecturer and clinical supervisor for undergraduate Physiotherapy and Midwifery students at The University of Newcastle. Eileen presents at conferences and medical in-service programs and provides book reviews for international journals. Eileen provides input into the development of continence pathways for Hunter New England Health Service.

Workshop Locations

Workshops are located in the following locations. Please click on the links below to reserve your place through The Australian Physiotherapy Association .

Sydney – 4-5th April 2020