Thorns & Roses: A self-help memoir for women with sexual dysfunction

Thorns & Roses

n this courageous memoir, J. Cole shares her journey of hope and healing after a 13-year struggle with sexual dysfunction. As she describes in the preface: “This story is real; it is raw. I did not hold anything back. I want readers to know their physical, mental, and emotional struggles do not mean they are in some way broken. Every single person alive is struggling somehow, somewhere.” 
As she shares her journey of navigating not only through physical pain, but also through the emotional and spiritual pain that followed, Cole includes educational tools and tips to give the reader a better understanding of the once taboo topic of female sexual dysfunction. 
“Thorns and Roses is not only an inspiration, but a resource. It is important that women with sexual pain can relate to others, but it is even more important that they have hope. In this case the hope is provided by Cole in the form of resources.” Irwin Goldstein, M.D., Director, San Diego Sexual Medicine.
Throughout the book, Cole encourages women who are suffering from sexual pain to seek help. To know that pain is not normal – it is a sign of dysfunction. Finally, she encourages readers to use Thorns and Roses as a guide to navigate their own journey.

About the author:
J. Cole is a passionate advocate for women’s health, actively serving as a support leader for the National Vulvodynia Association. In 2016, she organized the Tulsa Women’s Health Alliance – a group of healthcare providers in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma, who strive to educate, support, and empower women with pelvic pain. Cole lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their children.

Contact J. Cole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Save the Date

ISSWSH Sexual Pain Course 2020
April 17-18, 2020

ISSWSH Fall Course 2020
November 19-21, 2020   178 days left
DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Scottsdale, AZ - USA

ISSWSH Annual Meeting 2021
March 4-7, 2021   283 days left
Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX, USA

Latest Tweets

Retweet if you plan on tuning in for our webinar this Wednesday, May 27! We can't wait to see you there.… ISSWSH
Botox - it's not just for wrinkles anymore. New review article looks at different ways it can alleviate sexual pain… ISSWSH
Women are less likely than men to receive counseling about sexual adverse effects prior to radical cystectomy for… ISSWSH

Contact Details

ISSWSH Executive Office
14305 Southcross Dr
Suite 100
Burnsville, MN 55306

Phone: +1 (952) 683 9025
Fax: +1 (952) 314 8212
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Follow Us

On Twitter
On Facebook
On Instagram