Unlike a variety of other medical conditions, Vaginismus has much to do with the psyche of a woman, more than just physical aspects causing the condition. An involuntary contraction of pelvic floor muscles, Vaginismus, occurs when penetration is perceived to be painful by the nervous system. The body’s fight or flight response sets off contractions that make sexual penetration, gynecological exams, or even inserting tampons excessively painful, and at times even not possible. This condition can be largely subjective for each woman, making many believe that it’s ‘in their head’. However, a cure does exist for the condition.
What is Vaginismus?
When a woman’s body expects penetration, the muscles in the vagina tighten unexpectedly, making penetration and sexual intercourse difficult. Additionally, this also occurs when inserting tampons, or any other object in the vagina, as well as during gynecological exams. Vaginismus can be situational as well, where it does not occur at all times of penetration, but only ones perceived by the body to be painful. Essentially, there are two types of Vaginismus.
• Primary Vaginismus: This occurs during the first attempt at sexual intercourse, where penetration cannot occur.
• Secondary Vaginismus: This form occurs at a later stage in life after a woman has experienced normal sexual function. This could stem from a painful situation or memory, menopause, surgery, or more.
What causes Vaginismus?
Vaginismus typically has various triggers that range from physical to emotional. Though the trigger depends on each woman’s experiences, there are a few general causes of Vaginismus.
• Painful childbirth
• Vaginal Dryness
• Health conditions or Surgery
• Fear of pain during insertion or penetration
• History of physical or emotional abuse
• Traumatic events setting off PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Vaginismus: Symptoms and Signs
Any repeated event where involuntary contractions are experienced could be a sign of Vaginismus. It is advisable to consult a doctor and get the condition diagnosed and treated, which could greatly improve your quality of life. These are some of the symptoms of Vaginismus.
• Excessive pain during sexual intercourse
• Unsuccessful penetration
• Pain while inserting tampons
• Excessive pain during gynecological exams
• Muscles spasms or breathing issues when anticipating or during penetration
How to Diagnose Vaginismus?
A woman’s sexual and medical history is studied, as well as her exact description of the issue and the situations that trigger it. A pelvic examination is then conducted, to check if any scar tissue or infection is causing the issue, or if it is truly Vaginismus.
Vaginismus Treatment Options
The treatment for Vaginismus largely depends on the triggers, severity of the condition, and most importantly, the causes. In the case of purely psychological factors, counseling and sex therapy can help women overcome the condition. If there are any physical factors causing the condition, an appropriate surgery can be conducted, which resolves the issue.
Why choose Elle Sante for Vaginismus Treatment?
Since Vaginismus does not present itself in numerous typical ways, it is vital for an expert to diagnose the issue. Sometimes, many women may only experience situational Vaginismus, which the physician should be able to determine. At Elle Sante, our renowned expert, Dr. Navneet Magon, has successfully treated numerous cases of Vaginismus and restored the quality of life of women from around the world. With his years of expertise, he can accurately determine the cause of the condition and recommend the best treatment, whether it is counseling or surgery. The state-of-the-art Elle Sante clinic has all the advanced equipment, necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. With safe and ethical treatments that maintain the highest standard of excellence, we understand a woman’s desired outcome and work towards making her vision a reality.
Consult our experts to get your condition diagnosed and treated, today.