What is Vaginismus?
Vaginismus is defined as persistent or recurrent difficulties of a woman to allow vaginal entry of a penis, finger and/or any object, despite her expressed wish to do so.
This is attributed to involuntary tightening of muscles around the vagina during attempted intercourse, when touching the vagina, or during tampon insertion or vaginal examination. This unpleasant sensation makes it difficult for couples to have pain-free intercourse, which affects plans for conception.
There are two types of vaginismus:
The cause of vaginismus is unknown. It is, however, often associated with the following:
Secondary vaginismus may develop in some women after childbirth, post gynaecological surgery or treatment, or after menopause.
Symptoms of vaginismus vary in women. Women may report one or more of the following:
Is Vaginismus Treatable?
Yes! Women living with vaginismus should not suffer in silence. There have been several studies showing vaginismus can be successfully treated with conservative management.
A Women’s Health Physiotherapist will be able to guide you through your recovery by developing awareness, regaining control of your pelvic floor muscles, improve mobility, and overcome pain and anxiety of vaginal penetration.
Physiotherapy management will involve a combination of the following techniques:
Do not be embarrassed or suffer from your condition any further. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists are here to help! Feel free to contact us at 84813151 for more information or to arrange an appointment.Book an Appointment