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Research Studies


Dr. Andrew Goldstein, the Director of the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders, was recently interviewed by Dr. Tim Johnson for ABC News' 20/20 on a story about sexual pain. Click on the link above to see the entire segment. 

Click on the link above to see Dr. Andrew Goldstein talk with the women on ABCs The View about the newest medical research regrading the G-Spot.  


For more than two decades, the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders have been referral centers for the treatment of vulvodynia, sexual pain disorders, dermatologic diseases of the vulva, recurrent vulvovaginal infections, and female sexual dysfunction.  In 2014 we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington D.C. and the 13th anniversary of our offices in New York City and Annapolis, Maryland.

Our Providers

The physicians at the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders, Dr. Andrew GoldsteinDr Lara Burrows and our founder Dr. Stanley Marinoff, are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. All of our physicians have been elected as Fellows of the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disorders- the preeminent medical society devoted to the treatment of vulvovaginal disorders and sexual pain. In addition, all of our physicians have conducted and published medical research on these diseases. Dr. Marianne Brandon, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist, helps our patients overcome the psychological and relationship issues that accompany sexual pain disorders.

Why is there a Center for Vulvovaginal Disorders?

We are often asked, "Why do I need to come to a specialist for my problem? Isn't my doctor able to treat this?" The unfortunate answer to these questions is that most physicians or nurse practitioners who provide routine gynecologic care have not received adequate training in the diseases of the vulva. In fact, a recent editorial in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology called the vulva the "forgotten pelvic organ." In addition, most health care providers have insufficient training in the diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems including pain during sex and decreased libido. 

Most women believe that vulvar itching, burning, and vaginal discharge can only mean one thing: a yeast infection. But in fact,  more than two dozen diseases can cause the symptoms of  genital itching, burning, irritation, rawness, throbbing, urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and pain during sex. The physicians at the Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders are specialists in the diagnosis and treatments of these conditions.



What do we treat?

The diseases we treat include vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis (vestibulodynia), interstitial cystitis, lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus, chronic yeast infections (candidiasis), recurrent bacterial vaginosis, desquamative inflammatory vaginitis, vulvovaginal atrophy, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, human papiloma virus infection (HPV), VIN, herpes, post-herpetic neuralgia, pudendal neuralgia, endometriosis, and persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD).

Dr. Goldstein's new book When Sex Hurts is now available! It is contains up-to-date information on the diagnosis and treatment on more than 20 different causes of sexual and vulvovaginal pain. The proceeds of this book will be donated to the National Vulvodynia Association. It can be purchased at www.Amazon.com

Dr Goldstein's textbook Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management  was released in March 2009. It is the first textbook devoted completely to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that cause pain during intercourse. All proceeds from this textbook will be donated to the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health. It can be purchsed through Amazon.com.

 -I'm so busy and tired, how can I find time for sex?
- How can I go from mommy one minute to passionate lover the next?
- What medicines or natural herbs can I take to improve my libido?
At some point in their lives, most women experience a decline in their sexual desire. Reclaiming Desire presents the holistic approach that gynecologist Andrew Goldstein and clinical psychologist Marianne Brandon use to successfully treat women with low libido. Capitalizing on their combined medical and psychological expertise, they reveal how a complex set of physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual factors—as well as specific life-changing events such as marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, divorce, and menopause—can affect female sex drive. Available at www.amazon.com.

The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders

3 Washington Circle NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20037

110 East 40th Street, Suite 704, New York, NY 10016

2002 Medical Parkway, Suite 205, Annapolis, MD 21401

Telephone number for all offices (202) 887-0568

Fax number for all offices (202) 659-6481


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