Vaginismus Symptoms

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Vaginismus is the contraction or tightening of the pelvic floor muscles that occurs involuntarily when sexual intercourse is attempted. It can result in pain, burning, and aching. The symptoms also can occur during insertion of tampons or a speculum for a medical exam.

In particular, the symptoms of vaginismus:

  • Can occur all the time or only in certain situations
  • Can develop after a period of normal sexual function, or may occur throughout a woman's life
  • Can range from mild to severe can produce pain that may be described as searing, burning, sharp, aching, or tearing
  • Can interfere with sexual functioning even to the point at which penetration is impossible
  • Can cause a woman to feel that her vaginal opening is "too small," when this is not the case
  • Result from muscle spasm and produce real pain that is not imagined or "in your head"
  • Can arise for no apparent cause, or may result from a previous sexual trauma, anxiety, trauma during childbirth, infections, or a history of anxiety or discomfort during sex
  • Can lead to significant anxiety

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