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Penetration, arousal and vaginismus treatment

01 Aug 2010 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

A piece of common treatment advice for women who struggle with vaginismus is to get sexually aroused for penetration training.  What a misleading approach! The vagina is built to accommodate penetration without arousal: finger, tampon, gyno exam and vaginal ultrasound, dilator/dildo, even intercourse when the...

Scraping my cervix?

16 Jun 2010 Posted by womentc in Sexual Dysfunction, Vaginismus

The term 'scraping the cervix' that is associated with the Pap test tends to cause distress to many women because it implies 'sharp, pain, blood.' According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, scraping means "to remove from a surface by usually repeated strokes of an edged instrument" as in...

Sonogram

03 Nov 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Ultrasound is a cyclic sound pressure at average frequency of 20 kHz, above the human's hearing ability. Gynecologic sonogram works like a sonar in a submarine: it sends a beam out, and if the beam encounters a solid object (i.e. another submarine, a rock, a cyst,...

About stirrups

14 Sep 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

During gynecologic exam, the woman is asked to slide down to the edge of the examination table for best visualization of the area and to accommodate the use of the speculum.  This position is medically known as the dorsal lithotomy position. Stirrups were invented by Bert...

Vaginismus, returns?

10 Sep 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

Vaginismus is a common condition that affects women worldwide regardless of their culture, religion, education, sexual orientation, or family status.  Vaginismus is a somatic (body-mind) reaction to fear/apprehension of vaginal penetration.  It happens instantaneously and involuntarily. Women with vaginismus tend to suffer in silence and shame,...

Fingering?

28 Jul 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

When women are being asked if they masturbate, they typically associate it with their ability/desire for 'finger in vagina.' The truth: female masturbation is about clitoral stimulation regardless of vaginal action.  In other words, inasmuch as vaginal penetration may enhance the arousal, it is not mandatory...

Anxious gyno exam

26 Jun 2009 Posted by womentc in Vaginismus

The reflexive reaction during gynecologic exam is to tighten up the pelvic floor (PC muscles) as the clinician is about to 'go in.' The physical fact is that the more you tighten up, the more discomfort you will feel. So, what is the trick?  Minimizing this reflexive...