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What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition where the vaginal muscles shut when something is inserted into it. 

What are the symptoms of vaginismus?

You have no control over your muscles shutting and it can make having sexual intercourse impossible. It may also be impossible to insert a tampon and you may experience a burning or stinging sensation in your vagina.

What is the treatment for vaginismus?

Treatment options for vaginismus may involve your consultant gynaecologist offering the following:

  • Psychosexual therapy that aims to help you change your feelings about your body.

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises to help you gain control over your vaginal muscles.

  • Mindfulness and relaxation therapy to help you relax your vaginal muscles.

  • Vaginal trainers that help you to get used to having something inserted into your vagina.

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