Understanding VaginismusMaria Bettina
February 28, 2023
What is Vaginismus?
This is when the vagina suddenly tightens up whenever you try to insert something. This can happen during intercourse, penetration, tampon insertion, and more. It is an automatic bodily reaction to the fear of all types of vaginal penetration. Vaginismus does not neccessarily affect ones ability to become sexual aroused. This can interfere with relationships and quality of life, but can be treated.
What are the causes?
There are many reasons why vaginismus might occur. For example: Painful present or past intercourse, Sexual abuse or trauma, shame around sex, medical conditions and more. If you think you have vaginismus then you should speak with your doctor.
Treatment for vaginismus:
The treatment for vaginismus usually focuses on exercises to get you used to penetration and emotional work to help with your feelings around penetration. Some examples of treatment are:
Psychosexual therapy, relaxation techniques/mindfulness, pelvic floor exercises and vaginal trainers.
If you have or think you have vaginismus seek medical help and therapy. You can also join supportive communities such as https://www.katrinwithlove.com for help, advice and support.
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