Do you experience severe pain while having sex? Does it hurt when you try to insert a tampon into your vagina? If yes, then you are most likely dealing with acute involuntary contraction of your vaginal muscles which causes pain when something tries to penetrate through it. This condition is called Vaginismus.
What is Vaginismus?
Vaginismus is a condition that happens when the muscles around the opening to the vagina tighten up. The muscles tend to tighten when something is about to be placed in the vagina, such as a penis, tampon, or a medical device. It causes pain during sex and women might also complain of pain if a doctor or nurse tries to do a pelvic exam.
Vaginismus can happen if a woman has anxiety about sex or pelvic exams or has had a bad experience with either of these in the past. It can also happen if a woman has an infection or other medical condition in the vagina.
What are the symptoms of Vaginismus?
The main symptom of vaginismus is pain when something is tried to be put in the vagina. It could be a penis, finger, tampon, or medical device. Sometimes, the pain is so severe that you might not even allow trying to insert something into your vagina.
Should I see a doctor?
If having sex is painful then you must see your doctor. Your doctor will look for the cause through a pelvic exam. If the pain is severe that you can't start or continue an exam, let your doctor know when you feel it and where the pain is.
Is there a test for vaginismus?
No. There is no specific test to detect vaginismus. Your doctor should be able to tell if you have it by learning about your symptoms and doing a pelvic exam. He or she might be able to feel the muscles around the opening to your vagina tighten during an exam.
How is vaginismus treated?
Treatments to cure vaginismus include -
Treatment of any medical condition that is causing pain, such as an infection or skin irritation
Exercises to help relax the tight muscles
Physical therapy to loosen the muscles around your vagina
Using "dilators". These are devices that you place in your vagina that help you to get used to having something in the vagina. This is used along with numbing medicine to reduce the pain while inserting the dilators.
Using vaginal oestrogen. This treatment can help if you have been complaining of dryness or have been experiencing thinning of the tissues near the vagina. This usually occurs when a woman goes through her menopause (the time when you stop having monthly periods).
Don’t worry! You do not need to deal with this condition forever. Vaginismus is perfectly curable with the above treatments. Come visit the Birthplace today!