Understanding Vaginismus

Vaginismus is a condition in which the muscles in the vagina tighten up during penetration. It is said to be caused by psychological factors commonly. The vaginal tightening is the body's response/reaction to the fear or discomfort with vaginal penetration. Women don't have control over the tightening, and it can be painful. The condition can also affect an individual's arousal or desire to have sex.

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Causes

The causes behind vaginismus aren’t clear cut, but professionals believe that the following may cause the condition:

- Fear is associated with the physical appearance and size of the vagina  
- A traumatizing or bad early or first sexual experience
- Abuse associated with genitalia 
- Belief in negative thoughts about sex 
- Having had a medical condition such as a yeast infection
- Having a first gynaecological examination that was unpleasant 

Symptoms

The physical symptoms caused by Vaginismus include discomfort/pain:
  • When inserting/removing feminine products (tampons) into the vagina
  • When engaging in vaginal penetration during and after sexual intercourse 
The mental implications of Vaginismus include:
  • Fear and anxiety associated with sex and/or vaginal penetration
  • Depression, low libido due to unsatisfactory sexual experiences, and/or fear/anxiety

Learn more about your condition

Causes

The causes behind vaginismus aren’t clear cut, but professionals believe that the following may cause the condition:

- Fear is associated with the physical appearance and size of the vagina  
- A traumatizing or bad early or first sexual experience
- Abuse associated with genitalia 
- Belief in negative thoughts about sex 
- Having had a medical condition such as a yeast infection
- Having a first gynaecological examination that was unpleasant 

Symptoms

The physical symptoms caused by Vaginismus include discomfort/pain:
  • When inserting/removing feminine products (tampons) into the vagina
  • When engaging in vaginal penetration during and after sexual intercourse 
The mental implications of Vaginismus include:
  • Fear and anxiety associated with sex and/or vaginal penetration
  • Depression, low libido due to unsatisfactory sexual experiences, and/or fear/anxiety

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Frequently asked questions

How can low estrogen impact sexual health?

Women experience hormone fluctuations as they age and when estrogen levels drop very low (commonly during the 40s and 50s), they go through menopause. The low levels of estrogen can lead to a negative impact on sexual wellness - for example, it can lead to low libido, vaginal dryness, or lack of lubrication leading to painful sex and disrupted mood and sleep patterns.

How does stress affect sexual health?

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that leads to lower levels of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunction symptoms. Furthermore, it can also alter brain signals needed for the genital organs to have optimal blood flow during sexual activity.

Is there an association between diet and sexual health?

From medications to psychosexual therapy, there are ways to help treat the symptoms of ED, PE, and other sexual disorders. However, many often forget that their lifestyle habits can bring about changes in their sexual health as well. One lifestyle modification that many take for granted is diet — a bad diet can cause many things from medical conditions such as hypertension to affecting sexual health and function. For example, there are foods that improve erectile function by aiding in improved blood flow, and increased testosterone and nitric oxide production.

How does exercising help with sexual wellness?

Aerobic and pelvic floor exercises are highly recommended as a lifestyle modification while dealing with sexual dysfunction or disorders. These types of exercises help improve incontinence, manage conditions such as prostatitis and BPH, and of course, increase male sexual pleasure by helping men have greater control over ejaculation and orgasm. Cardio exercises help in keeping the blood vessels clear, and so, have the ability to improve one’s sex life. Sexual dysfunctions such as ED, are commonly caused by problems with the blood flow to the penis. Factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or concerns in weight management leading to obesity, can affect blood flow and lead to ED symptoms. Aerobic exercises help in all these conditions and improve sexual functioning.

How does depression and/or anxiety lead to sexual dysfunction?

While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms during sexual intercourse. The psychologically dependent condition disrupts penis-vaginal penetration as the vaginal muscles contract resulting in pain while attempting penile penetration.

What does sexual dysfunction treatment include?

Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.

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Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.

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