Here at DiscovHER HEALTH, we care about treating women with VAGINISMUS.

Even though 1%-6% of people have recorded vaginismus, doctors believe it’s a relatively common condition. It’s likely that the condition is underdiagnosed because many people with vaginas are unwilling to discuss their symptoms with healthcare providers (HCPs).

What is Vaginismus?

Vaginismus occurs when the muscles around the vagina tighten as something enters the vagina (penis, tampon, menstrual cups, getting a pelvic examination, etc.). This muscle tightening can then cause pain or discomfort. A more appropriate term for this condition is “hypertonic pelvic floor dysfunction”.

The muscle tightening often occurs as a response to previous pain or fear. The muscle tightening is an involuntary response which means it is not done on purpose.

Causes of Vaginismus

The cause of vaginismus is unknown. Some factors that might contribute include having pain along the opening of the vagina (vestibulodynia), recurrent bladder infections, yeast infections, fear of pain, previous abuse or trauma, injury during childbirth, etc. In many cases, no specific cause is found.


Primary Vaginismus

There has always been pain/ tightness with anything in the vagina (such as first tampon use or the first sexual intercourse).

Secondary Vaginismus

Occurs when there has been no pain/ tightness with things in the vagina but then pain develops over time.

Common therapies include pelvic floor physiotherapy and the use of vaginal dilators or stretching, special breathing techniques and learning how to relax the pelvic floor muscles, cognitive behavioural therapy and sex therapy.

See ONE OF OUR EXPERTS if you have any of the problems with this condition.
The recommended treatment will depend on the your symptoms and your overall health.
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