Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 15
This two-day, remote continuing education course is designed for the pelvic rehab specialist who wants to expand their knowledge, experience and treatment in sexual health and dysfunction. This course provides thorough introduction to pelvic floor sexual function, dysfunction and treatment interventions for males and females of all sexual orientations, as well as an evidence-based perspective on the value of physical therapy interventions for patients with chronic pelvic pain related to sexual conditions, disorders, and multiple approaches for the treatment of sexual dysfunction including understanding medical diagnosis and management.
Lecture topics include hymen myths, female squirting, G-spot, prostate gland, female and male sexual response cycles, hormone influence on sexual function, anatomy and physiology of pelvic floor muscles in sexual arousal, orgasm, and function and specific dysfunction treated by physical therapy in detail including vaginismus, dyspareunia, erectile dysfunction, hard flaccid, prostatitis, post prostatectomy; as well as recognizing medical conditions such as persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and dermatological conditions such as lichen sclerosis and lichen planus. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to confidently treat sexual dysfunction related to the pelvic floor as well as refer to medical providers as needed and instruct patients in the proper application of self-treatment and diet/lifestyle modifications.
This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals of all levels and experience. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.
None. This class is designed to have one course that focuses on all sexual health material that may be found throughout other H&W courses; additionally, a more in-depth focus on specific conditions and medical management.
Assignments and Readings
Prior to start of class, four pre-recorded lectures (2.2 hours in total) are required to be viewed. There are several lab videos that can be watched at the participants during or after start of class (note they will not be viewed during the course).
Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor muscels and their role in sexual function
2. Define and list the stages of the female and male sexual response cycle
3. Describe the influences on sexual response cycle including pain, abuse, emotions, and hormones
4. Describe the role of hormones throughout the lifecyle from infancy to reproduction and menopause
5. Demonstrate how to self-treat with dilators
6. Recognize and Identify considerations in special populations including LGBTQ, geriatrics, orthopedic limitations, and comorbidities
7. Describe medical treatment approach to pain, arousal, and orgasm disorders including PGAD, ED, endometriosis, adenomyosis, vulvodynia
8. Define the role of other healthcare professionals including MDs, Naturopath, and sex counselors and recognize appropriate referral
9. Describe different surgical procedures including laser, vaginal rejuvenation, vaginoplasty and others
Prerequisite Videos to Complete Prior to First Day of Class
Instructor Introduction and Anatomy Review (34 minutes)
Hormone and Birth Control Review (21 minutes)
Special Considerations (48 minutes)
CPP and Dyspareunia (34 minutes)
Total time: 2 hours and 16 minutes