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Vaginismus felt like a puzzle…

02 May 2014 Posted by Ditza Katz in Vaginismus Blog

From K, who recently completed the vaginismus treatment program and celebrated during a weekend stay in Manhattan before flying back home: "Vaginismus always felt like a puzzle I couldn't quite put together until I came to the WTC.  This mirrored the puzzle I worked on while...

Vaginismus, dilators, and Lidocaine

22 Dec 2013 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

A 09/09/2020 updated version of this post is available here. Women with vaginismus will often try vaginal dilators for self-cure. While this is a good first step, not all women are successful, and many won't even be able to use the littlest of the set as...

Gynecologic health

16 Sep 2013 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists recommends undergoing annual pelvic examinations starting at age 21.  Screening for cervical cancer is also recommended starting at that age, irrespective of sexual activity.  Pelvic examination of women younger than 21 is recommended only when indicated by medical...

Lubrication vs. moisturizer vs. vaginal Estrogen?

04 Jul 2013 Posted by womentc in Menopause & Painful Sex, Painful Sex (Dyspareunia), Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus Blog, Vulvodynia & Vulvar Vestibulitis

Lubrication vs. moisturizer vs. vaginal Estrogen? These different vaginal preparations can be confusing, and women don't always know when to use which one.  So, let's sort it out. Vaginal moisturizers are the parallel to body/hand lotion, which add moisture to a dry skin, typically by mimicking the chemical...

Vaginismus: Penis too big?

03 Apr 2012 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

While nature created us suitable for copulation, there are times when size matters. She says: "He feels too big to fit inside my vagina.  When we try, I feel that I am being torn, and the vaginal opening will often bleed.  Try as we may, he...

Intercourse – how often?

05 Mar 2012 Posted by womentc in Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus Blog

The frequency of intercourse depends on the woman's preferences, on having an available partner, on the style of the relationship, on medical/religious involvements, etc. The vagina itself, being the sturdy body part that it is, can handle frequent intercourse as long as the woman listens to...

Vaginismus on TLC

03 May 2011 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

In case you missed the very special show about vaginismus that aired on the Discovery/TLC network and/or if you want to watch it again, share with others, refer your patients to it, use it as a learning tool, etc. -- we are now streaming it...

Vaginismus: Vagina too small?

14 Apr 2011 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus Blog

A typical comment voiced by women with vaginismus is, "my doctor told me I have a very small vagina."  This diagnosis may reassure the woman that indeed there is a physical problem but at the same time, it raises concern about the normal use of...