Vaginismus is a forced tensing of the vagina. When you try to insert an object such as a tampon, sex toy or penis into the vagina, it tightens up because of an involuntary contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.
Types of vaginismus:
There are two main types of vaginismus that can affect women at different ages.
This is a lifetime condition in which the pain has always been present. This is when a woman has had pain every time something entered their vagina. In this case vaginal penetration has never been achieved.
It happens after a woman has already experienced normal sexual function. But then it becomes difficult or impossible due to factors such as gynecologic surgery, childbirth, menopause and a traumatic event.
Healthcare experts aren’t sure why vaginismus happens. Some women have vaginismus in all situations and others have it only in certain cases, like with one partner but not others.
Factors that may leads to vaginismus include:
· Child birth injuries
· Pelvic surgery
· Medication side effects
· Fear of sex or negative feelings about sex
· Infection such as UTI or yeast infection
Painful sex is often the first sign of vaginismus. It usually gone after withdrawal but not always.
Symptoms of vaginismus include:
· Fear of sex
· Loss of sexual desire
· Pain during tampon insertion
· Pain during a gynecological examination
Women with vaginismus can do exercise at homw to learn to control and relax the muscles around their vagina. Make kegal exercises part of your daily routine. Do at least three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions a day.
The time it takes for vaginismus to be successfully treated will depend on the individual.
Anyone who is con concerned about symptoms relating to vaginismus should consult with their health provider for evaluation.