Healing Endometriosis-Associated Dyspareunia and Rediscovering Pleasure with Elena of The Yoni Empire
Today I’m talking to the incredible Elena of Onna and The Yoni Empire, all about endometriosis-associated dyspareunia, otherwise known as painful sex, and how we can move from healing pain to finally experiencing pleasure. Elena lived with vaginal pain - specifically vaginismus - for seven years before beginning a journey that would lead her to not only heal her own experience of painful sex, but to make it her mission to help others living with dyspareunia. Like many of us, Elena experienced dismissal, misdiagnoses and unacceptable treatment options ranging from shrugs from the doctors to suggestions of cutting her pelvic nerves so she could have sex without any sensation whatsoever.
Many of us experience strains on our relationships with endometriosis, especially when it comes to our romantic relationships - and sex is often one of the key areas of concerns. As someone living with endometriosis-associated dyspareunia, I’ve spent a long time trying to work out how to treat dyspareunia naturally - often as part of my overall approach to endometriosis, which involves the ‘endometriosis diet’, holistic therapies, movement and various other management tools. However, rarely have I actually head on tried to address the problem directly or even with my partner. Elena has helped me with this, through yoni mapping, yoni massage and facing fears and emotions associated with sex.
In this episode, we discuss some of the common causes of pain with sex, Elena’s own journey from painful sex to pleasure and the various methods we can take to begin healing endometriosis-associated dyspareunia. Talking to Elena was such a revelation - this woman has no fear, shame or guilt associated with her own pleasure, and helps others to see they shouldn’t either. Hearing her remarkable experience has given me hope, and I believe this conversation will do the same for you too.
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