the arise project
supports for persons with vulvas and vaginas
living with chronic sexual pain
Impacts on Quality of Life
Increased levels of distress & anxiety
Increased feelings of resentment with body and wanting to detach self from body
Increased sense of isolation
Increased shame, guilt and self-blame
Negative impacts on intimate relationships such as increased emotional distance, general conflict, sexual dissatisfaction
Persons with vulvas and vaginas living with chronic sexual pain need spaces pre- and post- diagnosis where they:
are validated by and connected with others
can reconnect to their bodies
can process the emotions of their experiences
can explore their sexual expression & identity
The Arise Project offers
art therapy groups & workshops
as well as resources and trainings for healers such as therapists hoping to start support groups in their own communities
Did you know?
Up to 1 in 4 people with vulvas and vaginas are affected by chronic vulvovaginal and pelvic pain.
At least 15% of persons with vulvas and vaginas living in North America experience chronic sexual pain.
Only 50% of people who live with this pain seek care.
Many report facing major obstacles in receiving treatment and care such as consistent dismissal from medical professionals.