About Vaginismus

About Vaginismus

Vaginismus (also known as vaginism) is a sexual problem affecting women. It causes penetration to be painful or impossible due to the tensing of the vaginal muscles. Sufferers may also experience anxiety and difficulty inserting tampons or undergoing gynecological examinations.

It is an emotional and psychological condition. The causes of it are psychological, although it manifests as a physical condition. This vaginal tightness may cause sexual discomfort or pain, burning or tearing sensations, and inability to have sex or insert any object into your vagina.

Vaginismus is the main cause of unconsummated relationships, and it can put relationships under great strain. It is extremely frustrating to be unable to physically engage in pleasurable sex and sufferers often feel abnormal and embarrassed about the condition. The anticipation of pain or sexual ‘failure’ further contributes to and reinforces the symptoms of vaginismus. This can lead to avoidance of penetration and a feeling of alienation from ones own body as the vagina becomes a no-go zone. This exacerbates feelings of failure, or general squeamishness about your vagina.


What is vaginismus?

In this short video, Cara explains:

- What vaginismus is

- What the symptoms of vaginismus are

- What it feels like to have vaginismus

- How vaginismus can be compared to other physical symptoms



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Types of Vaginismus

Vaginismus varies in levels of severity and manifests itself in different ways for each woman. The main types of vaginismus are as follows:

Primary vaginismus

The woman has never experienced full pain-free penetration.

Secondary

The woman was previously able to have pain-free penetration. It can occur after her having had some sort of medical condition that caused sexual pain such as long-term cystitis and, although the original condition is no longer present, her fears about penetration continue. Some women develop vaginismus after menopause; when oestrogen levels drop, a lack of vaginal lubrication and elasticity makes intercourse painful. It can also be triggered by her reaction to a negative sexual experience or difficulties in her relationship with her partner.

Situational vaginismus

This occurs only in certain situations or with certain partners. The occurrence of it may seem entirely random and unpredictable.

Vaginismus – a ‘hidden’ problem

Most of my vaginismus clients have told me just how difficult it was to even find a name for the condition. There exists a real lack of information about the problem, leading to sufferers feeling even more confused and isolated. Men with sexual problems have it easier! There is a great deal of information about conditions such as premature ejaculation – that condition is widely recognised.

Symptoms of Vaginismus

It is likely that you have vaginismus if you experience most or all of the following:

• You feel very anxious or fearful at the thought of penetration.

• You avoid penetration due to fear of pain or other negative emotions. This may include avoidance of tampons, sex or gynaecological examinations.

• You feel as though there is a ‘wall’ or other obstacle inside your vagina preventing penetration or imagine your vagina to be abnormally narrow.

• You experience a burning or stinging pain and tightness of the vagina if penetration occurs. This can range from mild discomfort to significant, unbearable pain

For more information on Vaginismus, please see my Vaginismus FAQs page or read my Blogs

Booking your free consultation couldn’t be easier

To arrange a free consultation to discuss  or to book an appointment call 07740 781 573

If I’m with a client, you can leave a confidential message on my answerphone and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can email me at: info@caraostryn.co.uk

For those people who are too far away to attend my clinics, I do offer Skype sessions

About Vaginismus

Vaginismus (also known as vaginism) is a sexual problem affecting women. It causes penetration to be painful or impossible due to the tensing of the vaginal muscles. Sufferers may also experience anxiety and difficulty inserting tampons or undergoing gynecological examinations.

It is an emotional and psychological condition. The causes of it are psychological, although it manifests as a physical condition. This vaginal tightness may cause sexual discomfort or pain, burning or tearing sensations, and inability to have sex or insert any object into your vagina.

Vaginismus is the main cause of unconsummated relationships, and it can put relationships under great strain. It is extremely frustrating to be unable to physically engage in pleasurable sex and sufferers often feel abnormal and embarrassed about the condition. The anticipation of pain or sexual ‘failure’ further contributes to and reinforces the symptoms of vaginismus. This can lead to avoidance of penetration and a feeling of alienation from ones own body as the vagina becomes a no-go zone. This exacerbates feelings of failure, or general squeamishness about your vagina.

Types of Vaginismus

Primary vaginismus: This is where a woman has never at any time been able to have pain-free penetration due to the tensing of the vaginal muscles. Some women with primary vaginismus are unable to wear tampons or complete pelvic examinations. Often, this condition means that couples are unable to consummate their relationship.

Secondary vaginismus: This is vaginismus that develops after the woman has previously experienced successful penetration. The occurance of vaginismus may appear quite random.

Situational vaginismus

This occurs only in certain situations or with certain partners. The occurrence of it may seem entirely random and unpredictable.

Vaginismus –
a ‘hidden’ problem

Most of my vaginismus clients have told me just how difficult it was to even find a name for the condition. There exists a real lack of information about the problem, leading to sufferers feeling even more confused and isolated. Men with sexual problems have it easier! There is a great deal of information about conditions such as premature ejaculation – that condition is widely recognised.

Symptoms of Vaginismus

It is likely that you have vaginismus if you experience most or all of the following:

You feel very anxious or fearful at the thought of penetration.

You avoid penetration due to fear of pain or other negative emotions. This may include avoidance of tampons, sex or gynaecological examinations.

You feel as though there is a ‘wall’ or other obstacle inside your vagina preventing penetration or imagine your vagina to be abnormally narrow.

You experience a burning or stinging pain and tightness of the vagina if penetration occurs. This can range from mild discomfort to significant, unbearable pain

For more information on Vaginismus, please see my Vaginismus FAQs page or read my Blogs

Booking your free consultation couldn’t be easier

To arrange a free consultation to discuss  or to book an appointment call 07740 781 573

If I’m with a client, you can leave a confidential message on my answerphone and I will return your call as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can email me at: info@caraostryn.co.uk

For those people who are too far away to attend my clinics, I do offer Skype sessions