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Vaginismus is involuntary contractions of vagina muscles when you try to penetrate some external object (penis, finger, tampon, medical/sexual instrument) into it.


Vaginismus is the body's automatic reaction to the fear of some or all types of vaginal penetration.

Whenever penetration is attempted, your vaginal muscles tighten up on their own.

You have no control over it.

Occasionally, you can get vaginismus even if you have previously enjoyed painless penetrative sex.

Vaginismus does not necessarily affect your ability to get aroused and enjoy other types of sexual contact.

Source: NHS

What is Vaginismus?

Actually it is very common but so many women do not know they have this problem and they think it is normal to have pain when having sex.

In some cases the pain is intolerable and they cannot even have intercourse.

These women will have to go to doctor.

Other cases will tolerate the pain and do not go to any doctor.

But they will have bad memory from their sex and little by little they will refuse or not interested to have intercourse.  

So it’s very important to know about this disorder and treat it as soon as possible.

How common is Vaginismus?

Vaginismus may happen in late teen years or early adulthood or any other time after adulthood.

Who might get Vaginismus?

It may happen because of some of below conditions:

What causes Vaginismus?

Below situations may worsen vaginismus:

What can worsen Vaginismus?

Here are some important symptoms of vaginismus:

These feelings are NOT normal!

Please take it SERIOUS and check it up with your gynecologist.

Symptoms of Vaginismus

Your Gynecologist may ask you some questions about your symptoms and your sexual experiences.

By doing a pelvic exam it is possible to diagnose the unintentional spasms of muscles around the vagina.

Maybe it will be necessary to apply some lubricant or even topical numbing cream to make the exam more comfortable for you.

Diagnosing Vaginismus

According to intensity of vaginismus, diagnosed by your gynecologist, one or some of below treatments will be done:

Applying topical creams before sexual activity will help to have less tensions in your vagina muscles and do not feel pain that much.

Some physical exercises such as kegel exercise, will help you learn how to relax your pelvic muscles when you experience tension in there.

Vaginal dilators are conical shaped devices in different sizes (small to big). Dilators help you stretch your vagina and get ready to have intercourse without or with less pain.

You should apply lubricant before penetrating dilator to your vagina to make the dilator slipping and easier to penetrate.

In first tries maybe you’ll need to use numbing creams as well.

CBT helps you understand how your THOUGHTS affect your EMOTIONS and BEHAVIORS!

It is useful for anxiety disorder (Depression) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Trained sex therapists (psychologists) help female clients and couples to find/regain pleasure in their sexual life.

Vaginismus Treatment

Contributions of Vaginismus

There is no certain way to prevent vaginismus.

How to Prevent Vaginismus?

What is the outlook/prognosis for Vaginismus?




1 to 4 months





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Possible Side Effects

Recovery Duration

Expected Result

Feeling no pain during intercourse or any other common Penetrations.