Sexual Pain – Navigating Care for Cisgender Men - October 2022

Sexual Pain – Navigating Care for Cisgender Men - October 2022

Susie Gronski
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Accounting for nearly two million doctor visits per year in the United States alone, countless men experience pain 'down there' with little to no help. Endless specialists, traumatic medical experiences, failed treatments, pain with erections, and the incessant search for a cure leaves no time (or energy) for fun in the bedroom. Sexual health, intimacy, and pain are all intertwined which is no surprise that this clinical enigma leaves men feeling socially isolated and hopeless. In this in-person, two day course, you’ll gain an understanding of male sexual anatomy (and the science behind erections), recognize socio-cultural barriers that men face seeking pain care for their most intimate parts, and tool up on resources to help them reconnect with their sexual identity and pain-free pleasure! Includes hands-on lab practice with male models, 1:1 30-minute mentorship session with Dr. Susie, and two months complimentary access to monthly mentorship group.  

This course is intentionally focused on cisgender men (when a person’s sex assigned at birth matches their gender identity). I would like to acknowledge that there is necessary work needed around transgender men, non-binary, and gender-expansive people.

Preparation for this course:

In preparation for our time together, please:

  • Come prepared with a written short synopsis of a de-identified, male patient case that you would like peer support around. If you don’t have a case with sexual concerns, choose a case with other concerns and imagine the sexual health issues that may be present. If you don’t have a presentable case, use your imagination to create an interesting case.
  • Read the required readings (access will be provided).

Instructors hopes for engagement:

This course is intentionally designed to be a unique learning experience that may be different from what you would typically expect from the traditional course format. It is highly interactive and incorporates activities that support a variety of learning styles to enhance your learning experience. It’s my intention for all of us to learn and provide peer support in an inclusive space that offers a sense of connection, and that gives and accepts grace for our fumbles and foibles as we challenge our comfort zones. I encourage folks to have an open and curious mind to both the content and the format of this course.

Goals & Objectives:

1. Participants will understand the biological, psychological and social impacts of sexual pain in men and how these complex set of interactions influence their lived experience of pain and sexual well-being.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • Verbally give three examples of how pelvic pain impacts men using the biopsychosocial framework after watching a video in small groups.
  • When given a patient vignette, in small groups, be able to identify at least one potential pain type and one potential trigger that could influence the person’s symptoms and ongoing pain maintenance.
  • In a large group, identify six ways to reduce barriers for men seeking help for pelvic pain and sexual health concerns by writing down one change they plan to make within their current practice setting and/or
  • In a large group discussion, identify three ways that masculinity influences sexual pain and access to care by sharing one specific example that demonstrates these influences.
  • In a guided choice activity, identify and describe their comfort level addressing male sexual health concerns by choosing one activity from the “toolbox” that they would feel reluctant to try with a male patient and practicing this activity with another participant in pairs.

2. Participants will increase their knowledge about and comfort with male sexual health concerns using a biopsychosocial approach in order to normalize men’s sexual anatomy during a clinical encounter.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • In large group activity, identify at least one reservation they have working with men who have pelvic health and/or sexual health concerns.
  • Explain male pelvic anatomy, sexual function and physiology in paired role playing using any teaching tool of their choice to support their explanation.
  • When role playing a patient vignette, be able to ask three sexual health specific questions that provide insight into the biological, psychological and social underpinnings around the distressing concerns.
  • When given a patient vignette, will practice and provide rationale for chosen external and internal male genitalia assessment and treatment with a urogenital assistant.

3. Participants will identify and choose appropriate methods for a male sexual health assessment and apply treatment ideas based on person-specific sexual and pelvic health concerns and goals.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • When given a patient vignette, in small groups, choose appropriate assessment methods and provide clinical rationale to support their choices.
  • When given a patient vignette, in small groups, develop a treatment plan that includes one intervention/activity that will address each of the following categories of biological, psychological, and sociocultural impacts related to their case.

Audience: This course is open to physiotherapists, naturopathic doctors, registered nurses and medical doctors. 

Prerequisites: Level 1 (or equivalent to be approved by PHS – please email for approval).

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Sexual Pain - Navigating Care for Cisgender Men October 2022


Date/Time: In-person course October 22-23, 2022 from 8:30am-5:30pm ET.


Susie Gronski

Specializing in men’s pelvic and sexual health, Susie Gronski, PT, DPT is a licensed doctor of physical therapy, certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner, University of Michigan trained sex counselor and educator, international teacher, author, and creator of one-to-one and self-paced health programs that help men with pelvic pain become experts in treating themselves. Learn more by visiting

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