Individuals who experience this pain often feel hopeless... like there is something wrong with them. But, there is nothing wrong with you. If you think you have vaginismus, then you are not alone. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, as many as 75% of women will experience pain during sex in their lives. Some will have it more chronic than others, and for those people we have treatment.
When you meet with your therapist, they will help you take the steps you need to recover. Sometimes this involves also referring you to a specialist gynecologist, or a physical therapist, in addition to your therapy. We've vetted all of our referrals to make sure that you see someone who knows what they are doing and is compassionate towards your needs.
It can sound overwhelming at first but you've taken the first step just by being here.
Heighten anxiety about penetration can cause vaginismus or spasms inside the vagina. Vaginismus occurs when the muscles inside the vagina squeeze together when objects like a tampon or a penis are inserted inside the vulva. The pain can be mildly considered as uncomfortable to having a ravenous, throbbing painful episode.
One of the main symptoms of vaginismus is having painful penetrative sex, otherwise known as dyspareunia. Women sufferers explain that the pain feels like the something is slamming against the walls of her vagina. The pain typically stops when penetration ceases.
There is not a medical explanation as to why vaginismus occurs. Gynecologists and psychotherapists believe it may cause the loss of sexual desire and anxiety or fear of sexual intercourse.
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