At the Center, I frequently see patients suffering from Vaginismus. Vaginismus is a “female sexual dysfunction,” specifically a genital pain disorder. Vaginismus is defined by involuntary spasms of the vaginal muscles which interfere with sexual intercourse. It goes without saying that this condition causes distress and tension in a couple’s relationship....more
If you’ve never heard of vaginismus at first skim it might appear as little more than a social media hashtag connoting witty female sayings. In reality, vaginismus is the inability or difficulty in allowing penetration of the vagina. The symptoms vary from discomfort, to burning or stinging with tightness during sex, to impossible penetration. Some women even have difficulty with the insertion of other objects, such as fingers, tampons or a speculum during a vaginal exam, but many are able to allow this sort of penetration, just not sex.
This has been on my mind for awhile now. My family and closest friends already know about this, however I have become more private about my past, mostly because it's not the sort of thing you can bring up in casual conversation. But my silence is not helping anybody. So I'm not writing this today not because I'm looking for any kind of feedback, but rather to give a voice to victims who have not yet found theirs, and to let other survivors know that they are not alone, and there is a way to thrive......more
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