Vaginismus is a vagina in panic… It is the instantaneous, involuntary tightening of the pelvic floor muscles in anticipation of vaginal penetration. This reaction will occur if penetration is perceived as upsetting, painful (even before attempting it!), frightening or dangerous, making the body scream out loud, “NO ENTRY!” Occasionally, the condition will be caused by a physical problem such as a birth defect, or surgery.
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Women, and their male partners, will often describe attempts to have intercourse as ‘hitting a brick wall’ or as ‘I am too small.’ With regard to gynecologic examination, women will tend to avoid them, or will suffer terribly through them. Tampon use? Women will settle for sanitary pads and come up with excuses as to why they are better than tampons…
But, there is no need to suffer because treatment for vaginismus is available, and there is a solution. All that is needed is the right intervention, a knowledgeable, experienced clinician, and your commitment to the process.
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The condition has two types, primary and secondary; we offer expert treatment for both:
- Primary: when the woman was never able to have vaginal penetration/s, or has always struggled with them. Women feel trapped, with feelings of panic and anxiety, of being “stuck with it forever”, of feeling inadequate, and “the only one who suffers from this…” Partners suffer as well, feeling frustrated, helpless, rejected and inadequate. Inaccurate sexual information and the lack of understanding of the woman’s body will worsen the crisis, often leading to alienation; it is not unusual for some women in a relationship to suggest a breakup because they feel that they cannot “do what a woman should do.”
- Secondary: when the woman lost the ability to have vaginal penetration/s. Causes include gynecologic surgery, Menopause, cancer treatment & radiation, emotional or relationship crisis, frequent painful urogenital infections, and Sexually Transmitted infections. Although these women will remember that penetrations used to be fine, they are now faced with painful/impossible vaginal penetrations, making them feel just as isolated and hopeless as those with primary vaginismus. Typically speaking, a solution is simple and takes just a few treatment sessions.
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