Have You Developed An Infertility Problem? Vaginismus Could Be the Cause.

We all know the strength of a woman's genitalia (hell, yeah, we can bring a human into the world, right? ), but some women simply can't have sex.

They would like to, but they simply cannot at this time. It's not that they're afraid of having sexual encounters; rather, their vaginas simply won't allow for any kind of penetration, including tampons and gynecological exams (pap tests).

One of these women might be interested in learning more about vaginismus and vaginismus.

Simply put, what is vaginismus?

Not to be confused with vaginitis (an infection or inflammation of the vagina). Vaginismus, also spelled vaginismus, refers to a woman's resistance to any form of vaginal penetration, including sexual activity, manual penetration, the use of tampons or menstrual cups, and gynecological exams like pap smears.

When a woman suffers from vaginismus, the sensation of pain during vaginal penetration is intense. The pain prevents sex or any penetration because it is caused by an involuntary spasm of the vaginal muscles in response to the attempted penetration.

Is this, then, an intentional action? No. Like the reflex you have when something is about to poke you in the eye and you automatically close your eye, a woman with vaginismus cannot voluntarily stop the spasm.

Dyspareunia, defined as painful sexual intercourse due to medical or psychological causes, was found to affect approximately 18%-20% of British and Australian women.

Women often don't learn they have vaginismus until they're in their teens or early twenties when they try out tampons for the first time or have their first sex or pap smear.

I'm curious as to the root cause.

Although the exact cause of vaginismus has yet to be determined, doctors have speculated that the pubococcygeus muscle (also known as the "PC muscle") may be to blame for the spasm that causes pain during penetration. However, they also point to muscle spasms as a possible source of the pain, specifically in the levator ani, bulbocavernosus, circumvaginal, and perivaginal muscles.

What causes vaginismus, and how can it be prevented?

Primary vaginismus is when a woman experiences pain during every sex or vaginal penetration, and secondary vaginismus is when a woman who was able to allow penetration in the past develops vaginismus due to something like a yeast infection or birth trauma.

Mental and physiological factors contribute to the development of vaginismus. Among these are:


Urinary tract infections vulvar vestibulitis syndrome focal vaginitis so-called sub-clinical inflammation in which no pain is perceived until some form of penetration is attempted

yeast infections of the genitalia

chronic pain conditions domestic violence or conflict of a similar nature in early life sexual abuse, rape, or other sexual assault or attempted sexual abuse or assault


bearing witness to sexual or physical abuse without experiencing it oneself

a phobia of pain caused by needles, needle sticks, or any other invasive physical trauma (not necessarily involving or even near the genitals)

negative emotional reaction to sexual stimulation as a whole

Anxiety about being powerless

Distrust in one's intimate partner

Dissatisfaction with one's physical appearance

Sexual misunderstandings

Worry that one's genitalia aren't sufficiently large or deep

Paranoia about a partner's enlarged penis

What kind of care do you plan to give it?

Worry not, for there are treatments available for vaginismus.

the toxins produced by the bacterium Botrytis (Botox)

Since it temporarily decreases pelvic floor muscle hypertonicity, it is a treatment option that doctors may consider. While there are no randomized controlled trials of this treatment available, preliminary results from smaller studies suggest it may be beneficial.

medication for anxiety and depression

Anxiolytics, antidepressants, and other pharmacotherapies may be prescribed by doctors for anxiety-related conditions, but their efficacy is debatable at best.

Regular Practice of the Kegel Muscles

Kegel exercises and additional lubricants are typically prescribed to women who report painful sexual encounters.

When a woman is anxious or in pain, she may not naturally lubricate, so lubricants can help with successful penetration. Kegel exercises are helpful for strengthening and relaxing the muscles that tighten unconsciously during vaginismus.

When you need to stop the flow of urine, practice Kegel exercises by contracting those muscles. Tend to this position for ten seconds, and then let the tension go. Depending on your schedule, you can do this as many as twenty times a day.

After a few days, if you're feeling confident, you can perform the exercises with one finger (nails clipped) inserted into the vagina up to the first knuckle joint. Try doing it in the tub with some water acting as a natural lubricant, or use some lubricating jelly.

Your vaginal muscles will tighten as you move from one finger to three. In the event that it causes you any discomfort, you can always take it off.

If neither of these options is successful, therapy may be an option.

Please note that the content of Healthierpress is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace a doctor's advice, a medical professional's diagnosis, or medical treatment. Talk to a doctor right away if you're experiencing any kind of health issue.


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