Whether brought on suddenly, or a lifelong problem, vaginismus can be a scary diagnosis to hear from your doctor after an exam or consultation. Related to involuntary muscle spasms inside of the vaginal area, vaginismus can be extremely painful, embarrassing, and could completely hinder your ability to have a normal sex life with a partner.
Treatment of vaginismus is all about understanding this problem and how symptoms can be alleviated over time. Here are a few of the most common questions concerning vaginismus and some solutions for combating this issue.
Is vaginismus be a psychological problem?
Women who have experienced or encountered sexual abuse, or who have been a witness to abuse, often suffer long-term psychological consequences that result in vaginismus. However, the issue can be related to the fear of sexual intercourse for other reasons as well. Depressions, phobias, anxiety issues, and other psychological problems can cause a woman to have problems with involuntary muscle spasms of the vagina during sex or even examinations at the doctor.
How common is vaginismus?
Dealing with vaginismus on your own can make you feel like you are on the only woman in the world who is having problems with painful intercourse. However, vaginismus is actually considered to be quite a common problem. In fact, as many as two in every 1000 women may have symptoms, but this rough estimate is suspected much higher.
What type of treatment will be recommended?
The extent of the problem will have an impact on how well you will do with treatment. There are four stages of vaginismus that your doctor will compare to your symptoms to help determine the best kind of vaginismus treatment for you. Depending on the severity, your doctor will recommend various treatment options that may include:
- Vaginal dilation exercises
- Muscle relaxing medications
- Emotional therapy
- Physical therapy exercises
You can try some forms of exercise, such as kegal strengthening exercises, at home. However, it is a better idea to talk to your doctor to get an comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan of the problem. Because there can be underlying medical causes, it is always best to openly discuss the problem with your physician.
Vaginismus can greatly interfere your physical and emotional well-being as a woman. Be brave and open; talk with your local gynecologist if you are having problems with vaginal pain, especially if you suspect this condition could be the underlying cause of the problem.