How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds
Ask a OB GYN question
Type Your OB GYN Question Here...
characters left:
2 OB GYN Doctors are Online Now

Vaginismus Treatment

Vaginismus is a condition that generally prevents women from vaginal penetration in the form of having sexual intercourse, internal exams and tampon insertions without experiencing excessive pain. The cause is an involuntary spasm in the vaginal muscles that occurs when any kind of object tries to gain entry into the vagina. To learn about vaginismus and the available treatments for this condition, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What causes severe pain in the vagina at the time of penetration during intercourse?

Generally, when a woman experiences severe vaginal pain during penetration it could be caused by vaginismus. Vaginismus is a condition that prevents or hinders a woman's ability to have penetrative sex, use tampons or have normal pelvic exams in a doctor's office.

Vaginismus is a spasmodic reflex of the pubococcygeus muscle which causes the vaginal muscles to suddenly seize up making penetration nearly impossible. A woman affected by this condition generally has no control over the spasms. A common explanation of the reflex can be associated with the reaction of the eye closing when something unexpectedly approaches. Every woman affected with vaginismus generally has varying degrees of severity.

There are different forms of treatment available such as sensate focus exercises, feeling the insides of a woman’s vagina very carefully by touching them and using vaginal dilators which gently and gradually stretch the vaginal canal. A recent introduction of Botox as a treatment for vaginismus appears to be a promising treatment. Satisfactory intercourse was achieved by 75% of the people who tested Botox with only 17% of the participants experiencing pain during intercourse.

In most cases, with women who are affected with vaginismus, sexual intercourse/penetration will be a painful experience until the problem is resolved. In this situation, a woman may avoid penetration while exploring other sexual activities.

What can cause pain during penetration of the vagina during sex?

It is possible that vaginismus may be the cause of the pain during penetration of the vagina. Vaginismus occurs when an involuntary reaction of the vaginal muscles causes them to contract upon initial attempts of penetration. There are a number of strategies that can be used to relieve this condition. These strategies include: Education about vaginismus and how to train the vaginal muscles to relax during intercourse; vaginal dilators that gradually stretch the vaginal canal in order to allow penile entry as well as sessions with a sex therapist and a pelvic floor physical therapist.

What is the best treatment for vaginismus?

Generally, one of the best forms of treatment for vaginismus is to work with a physical therapist who can train the woman on how to exercise muscles in the pelvic floor and how to manage the pain associated with vaginismus. These therapists are more specialized in working with conditions like this and can be found in the larger cities.

How long does it take to get over vaginismus?

Case details: Had a hysterectomy, used to take Estrace Cream for vaginal dryness. Experienced pain during penetration even before the surgery. Now the pain has increased with even minimal penetration.

It is possible that in this situation the woman has vulvodynia as well as vaginismus. Vaginismus is an involuntary spasm of the vaginal muscles when a woman attempts to have sexual intercourse. These spasms usually cause excessive pain and make sexual intercourse very undesirable. In many cases, when a woman does not find herself getting better after treating the vaginismus, vulvodynia could be the cause. A good gynecologist can help diagnose this condition properly and treat it perhaps with estrogen or other medication. Basically, if a woman has both conditions, the vaginismus may not be cured until the vulvodynia issue is addressed.

Vaginismus is a painful condition that affects a woman's ability to have sexual intercourse. Many issues and questions arise when dealing with vaginismus. If you have any questions or concerns regarding vaginismus, ask an Expert for medical clarity and suggestions for proper treatment based on your individual case.
Ask a OB GYN question
Type Your OB GYN Question Here...
characters left:
2 OB GYN Doctors are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Ron

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    21173
    23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FO/fordguy4u/2011-12-17_222940_HPIM1257.64x64.JPG Ron's Avatar

    Ron

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    21173
    23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/lyeung1/2010-07-25_032152_tn_IMG_0241.JPG Dr. Y.'s Avatar

    Dr. Y.

    Urologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    18386
    I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/docjohn174/2008-12-13_170143_johnask.jpg John's Avatar

    John

    Home Appliance Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    13453
    Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/multistatelaw/2011-11-27_173951_Tinaglamourshotworkglow102011.64x64.jpg Tina's Avatar

    Tina

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    8487
    JD, BBA Over 25 years legal and business experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/dermdoc19/2010-09-30_160749_Photo_122807_015.JPG dermdoc19's Avatar

    dermdoc19

    Dermatologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3846
    30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/birddoctor/2012-6-22_173214_birddoctor.64x64.png Dr. Pat's Avatar

    Dr. Pat

    Bird Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3384
    25+ years working primarily or exclusively with birds
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3299
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)