Vaginismus is when the vagina suddenly tightens up just as you try to insert something into it. It can be painful and distressing, but it can be treated.

What is vaginismus?

  • Vaginismus is the body's automatic reaction to the fear of some or all types of vaginal penetration.
  • Whenever penetration is attempted, your vaginal muscles tighten up on their own.
  • You have no control over it.
  • Occasionally, you can get vaginismus even if you have previously enjoyed painless penetrative sex.
  • Vaginismus does not necessarily affect your ability to get aroused and enjoy other types of sexual contact.

How can physio help?

Through a tailored treatment plan, physiotherapy will treat and rehabilitate pelvic floor muscles to restore their strength and function. For example, shortened and contracted muscles are stretched to relax in order to relieve pelvic floor pain associated with excessive tightening and cramping.

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