The condition of Vaginismus is one that is, for the most part, misunderstood. Women all over the world suffer with this condition, yet so few are willing to talk about it, due to embarrassment. Instead of feeling shame and regret over Vaginismus, it is important that women understand the causes so that they can overcome this condition.
This condition causes a woman to involuntarily seize up her pelvic floor muscles whenever any type of vaginal penetration occurs. This can happen with sexual intercourse, tampon insertion, and gynecological exams. Vaginismus causes any type of vaginal penetration to be painful and results in both physical and emotional repercussions.
There are two types of Vaginismus. With both primary vaginismus and secondary vaginismus, there can be different symptoms. By understanding both types, proper diagnosis can be obtained and women can finally seek the treatment they need.
In Primary Vaginismus, the female has never been able to achieve any type of vaginal penetration. Since the condition does not cause symptoms until penetration is attempted, it often goes undiagnosed until the female reaches her late teens to early twenties. This is the most prevalent type of Vaginismus and can occur for many reasons; including, inflammation, yeast infections, bladder infections, sexual abuse, rape, and fear.
Secondary Vaginismus occurs in a female who has been able to withstand vaginal penetration in the past, but now is unable. This is common after childbirth and can be caused by both physical and psychological reasons. While both the primary and secondary conditions are treated in the same way, Secondary Vaginismus often has a greater outcome due to the previous successful penetrations.
These two types of conditions are not as uncommon as one might think. Many women of all ages suffer from this ailment and are left with both physical and emotional trauma, because of the stigma that is attached. It is important that women begin to talk about Vaginismus and stop the embarrassment, so that healing can take place.
There are many effective vaginismus treatment methods and it is possible to have Intercoures with Vaginismus. The earlier that treatment is sought, the better the outcome will be.
Treatment methods will depend on the type and severity of Vaginismus. It will also depend on whether there are psychological factors involved. As treatment begins, it can take time for the true effects to take place. Many women hope for an immediate cure, but most treatments tend to take time.
It is important to dispel the misconceptions about this condition so that a true understanding can occur. Women who suffer from Vaginismus are not frigid. This is not a case of someone who just does not want to engage in sexual intercourse. It also does not mean that the woman suffers from a lower sex drive.
The Vaginism sufferer, in most cases, has the same desires that normal women do. The pressure to perform and participate in sexual activity often causes the sufferer to have even more pronounced symptoms. The shame that is associated with the condition and placed on the woman by her partners, and even the medical community, can cause her to avoid treatment and mistakenly believe that it is all in her head.
If you or a loved one suffer from this condition, it is vital that open discussions take place and that help is sought. This common condition is very treatable and can produce lasting results that can allow the woman to live a normal life. There are so many different options for treatment and you and your physician can discuss the best options for you. It is time to stop the silence of this condition and embrace the many treatments that are available.