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Vaginismus - What are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments of Vaginismus?

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 01 Jan 2019 - Written by Dr. Bhavna Banga - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

In vaginismus, the muscles of vagina constricts when a tampon or penis tries to enter inside it. The cause of vaginismus is usually anxiety. The most common symptom of vaginismus is excessive pain while starting with sex. Vaginismus treatment includes performing floor exercises, practicing sex positions.

You’re finally in bed. The moment is perfect. You are both so obviously ready. You want it, you crave him...but your body has other ideas: Your vagina is a steel door, shut tight. Any pressure leads to pain. No matter what you try, everything hurts.

It’s common to hear men say they couldn’t get it “up.” But how often do you hear a woman bemoan that she couldn’t get it “in”? Women who have had sex so painful that they needed to stop could be experiencing a condition called vaginismus.

Vaginismus is an involuntary contraction, a tightening of the pelvic floor muscles that generally occurs when an attempt is made to insert an object (penis, tampon, finger, etc.) into the vagina. Some have vaginismus from birth; others develop it after a period of normal sexual intercourse. For those who have it, sex can be extraordinarily painful.

Pain during sex is more common than an erotic novel lets on. Because pain during sex is so common, it’s pretty much impossible to tell who suffers from vaginismus specifically. Many women are shy to bring up painful sex with their partner or with medical professionals. Sex is supposed to be fun, exciting, a way to express love and connection—and admitting that it is not delivering in these ways can be difficult in today’s world. 

As such, many cases of vaginismus likely go unreported. Research suggests that anywhere between 2 to 70 out of every 1000 women could be affected by vaginismus, which is quite a wide range.

Thankfully, there is some good news. Vaginismus is actually quite treatable! No magic pill, unfortunately—it takes time and effort—but a regimen of floor exercises, insertion or dilation training, and pain elimination techniques can help alleviate sexual pain over time. Much of this work can even be done at home.

Sex doesn’t need to be painful forever. If pain during sex is frequent enough that you think you may have vaginismus, start speaking up about it. Chances are, it’s possible to transform your sex life into a happily ever after—an erotic novel with the ending you deserve :

Dr. Bhavna Banga

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Infertility Specialist, Gynecologist
Noida

Dr. Bhavna Banga is one of the top gynecologists and obstetricians at Max Multi Specialty Centre, Panchsheel Park, Delhi. She has a significant experience in treating patients with different infertility and gynecological health issues which prevent the occurrence of successful pregnancies. Dr. Bhavna completed MBBS from Pune and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Mumbai. She is a crucial member of the department of gynecology at Max Multi Speciality Centre, Delhi. Dr. Bhavna specializes in the gynecological and fertility treatments including Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD), Gynecological Problems, Infertility Treatments, Donor Egg Process as well as Surrogacy Procedures. You can find more details regarding Dr. Bhavna Banga and her expertise at elawoman.com

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5 Comments

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Saras Chandra

Floor exercises helped me to find a solution of vaginismus. I would recommend women suffering from the same to go for these exercises.

Oct. 6, 2018, 4:07 p.m. 4.5

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Sarita Lohiya

Is there any treatment option for Vaginismus, I think I am having it?

Oct. 1, 2018, 3:48 p.m. 4.5

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Sakshi Panwar

Women may even feel emotional detachment due to vaginismus. Fear, pain and anxiety are some of the common features seen during such complication. This leads to the loss of interest in sexual activities and men do get offended, without even knowing the cause behind it.

Nov. 1, 2017, 4:10 p.m. 4.5

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Trishna Sahpathi

One of my friends had vaginismus and she underwent IVF to have her own baby. The condition is natural but I can understand people who have this problem, suffer a lot.

Nov. 1, 2017, 3:39 p.m. 5.0

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Roshini Deol

I never knew about vaginismus. Thanks for sharing this Ela.

Sept. 17, 2017, 6:05 p.m. 5.0

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