Vaginismus Treatment in Washington, DC
Vaginismus, sometimes known as vaginism, is a medical condition in which a woman's vagina seizes up or cramps when attempting sexual intercourse. This problem can also occur when attempting to insert a tampon. Vaginismus can lead to the condition known as dyspareunia, or “painful sex.”
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Vaginismus can happen for many different reasons, but the symptoms are almost always the same. There are two causes of vaginismus: primary and secondary. Primary vaginismus means that a woman has never been able to have pain-free sex, and secondary vaginismus indicates problems that occurred after a period of regular sexual intercourse.
Symptoms of primary vaginismus and secondary vaginismus include:
- Excessive vaginal tightness
- Burning pain
- Inability to insert a tampon
- Impossible penetration
- Unconsummated marriage
- Inability to orgasm
- Anxiety around sex
- Feeling like a “wall” is being hit
No two women are exactly the same, so these symptoms will vary from case to case.
Regardless of the two different types of vaginismus, there are also two main types of causes. These are physical vaginismus causes and mental vaginismus causes. Physical causes involve other medical conditions and problems, and mental causes are purely psychological.
Physical causes of vaginismus include:
- Urinary tract infections
- Yeast infections
- Pelvic tumors
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic injury
- Pelvic surgery
- Medication side effects
Mental or non-physical causes of vaginismus include:
- Relationship problems
- Emotional trauma
- Past history of sexual abuse
Some cases of vaginismus can't be traced to a specific physical or mental cause. The only way to determine if this condition is present is to meet with a medical healthcare professional.
There is no easy test to make a vaginismus diagnosis. The problem itself happens when the muscles surrounding the vagina tighten and spasm during sexual intercourse. For some women, the problem may also arise when attempting to insert a tampon or during a pelvic exam.
Regardless of the root cause, vaginismus is treatable. Some possible treatments for vaginismus include:
- Vaginal dilators
- Pelvic floor relaxation
- Certain medications
- Kegel exercises
- Therapy and counseling
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Vaginismus can cause intense pain and put a strain on a relationship. Request more information about vaginismus treatment today: Call (703) 327-2434 or contact Dr. Andrew Heyman online.
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