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A Pain in the Va-jay-jay: a quick overview of Vaginismus

by | Pelvic Health, Pelvic Pain

The Short Version: 

  • Research suggests 1 in 6 women experience pain with intimacy (painful sex) or insertion, at some point in their lives.
  • Vaginismus is a condition that causes pain with penetration, affecting around 7% of women.
  • The causes of vaginismus can be a combination of physical and psychological factors, such as past sexual trauma, fear of pain or discomfort, relationship issues, and medical conditions.
  • Treatment options for vaginismus include pelvic physical therapy, counseling or therapy, and in some cases, medication. It’s important to note that vaginismus is not a permanent condition, and with the right treatment, most women are able to experience pain-free penetration.

The Deep Dive: 

Ladies, have you ever experienced pain during penetration? You’re not alone. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that around 7% of women experience vaginismus, a condition that causes pain with penetration. But don’t worry; we’re here to talk about it and make you laugh—because let’s be real, sex should be fun, not painful.

First things first, let’s define vaginismus. According to the Mayo Clinic, vaginismus is a “condition in which involuntary muscle spasms force the vaginal walls to close, making penetration difficult or impossible.” In simpler terms, it’s like your va-jay-jay is giving you a high-five… with a brick wall.

Now, let’s talk about the causes. Unfortunately, there isn’t one specific cause of vaginismus. It can be a combination of physical and psychological factors, such as past sexual trauma, fear of pain or discomfort, relationship issues, and even certain medical conditions. But don’t worry, just because there isn’t one specific cause doesn’t mean it can’t be treated.

Treatment options include pelvic physical therapy, counseling or therapy, and in some cases, medication. It’s important to note that vaginismus is not a permanent condition, and with the right treatment, most women are able to experience pain-free penetration.

In conclusion, vaginismus is a condition that affects many women and can be caused by a variety of factors. But don’t let it get you down; there are treatment options available, and it’s important to remember that sex should be enjoyable, not painful.

Sources:

Understanding vaginismus: a biopsychosocial perspective https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14681994.2021.2007233

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