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Vaginal ‘fullness’

15 Jun 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Women do not so much care about the length of what goes into the vagina (penis, dilator, sexual toys) because it will only fit as deep as her vagina allows. However, the physical feeling that does matter to a woman is that of girth (width) expansion. ...

Guiding the penis?

27 May 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Do women need to guide the penis toward their vagina when having sexual intercourse or can the penis find its own way in? Generally speaking, the penis has a built-in GPS and can find its way without guidance, aided by the V-shape of the pelvis that...

Intercourse & bleeding

06 May 2009 Posted by womentc in Menopause & Painful Sex, Painful Sex (Dyspareunia), Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus, Women's Health

An updated version of this post dated November 11, 2020, is available here Not all bleeding/spotting after intercourse suggest a medical crisis. Common, everyday causes may include: Chafing irritation because of dryness/insufficient lubrication. You have vaginismus or dyspareunia -- your vagina is tight (nervous), causing chafing irritation. ...

Doing ‘it’ wrong?

01 May 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

A repeated question by many patients: "Am I doing it wrong? I cannot have intercourse." And more questions: Is he trying to get into the wrong hole (vagina)? Maybe I do not have a hole (vagina)? Are we doing it in a wrong position? The truth is...

Love gyno exam?

21 Apr 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Who loves going to the doctor for a gynecologic (pelvic) exam? Nobody really, just like not loving going to the dentist and having all that work done in the mouth.   But, we do them all for health reasons, for preventive or corrective medical intervention. Gyno exams...

Hitting the cervix

28 Jan 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

The act of thrusting, which is the back-and-forth movement of the penis inside the vagina during intercourse, will typically tap on the cervix (the opening to the uterus).  This is a normal part of the act, and most women do not even feel it. However, some...

Toxic Shock Syndrome

27 Dec 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Every time we teach a patient how to use tampons, the question comes up: "Are tampons safe? And what about Toxic Shock Syndrome?" Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is an acute infection caused by S aureus strains and can be found in a variety of clinical...

Tampon expanding?

25 Oct 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Many women are hesitant to use tampons in fear that as the tampon absorbs blood it expands to the point of causing vaginal discomfort/pain. If you share this worry, we would like to reassure you that you have nothing to fear: even a fully-absorbed tampon will...

Vaginal orgasm?!

30 Sep 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Can you have an orgasm during intercourse? Fact #1: most women cannot, so consider yourself in normal, healthy company! Fact #2: the vagina is not an erogenous structure but a passageway.  If it were capable of sexual arousal, then tampons would have been a delight as would...

The speculum

30 Jul 2008 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

The speculum is a 'duckbill-like' instrument that is used at time of a gynecologic exam to hold the vaginal walls open so that the 'inside' can be visualized. Sort of like you putting your hand into a sock and spreading your fingers to hold it...