Vaginismus is a common female sexual problem, relating to the involuntary tightening of the muscles at the entrance to the vagina, which makes penetration at least painful, and in many cases impossible.
Recent medical research indicates that this is almost entirely a psychologically caused problem, although this is not ALWAYS the case and there is still a rare possibility of a physiological cause. We advise clients presenting with these symptoms to have a brief consultation with their GP to rule out the possibility of physiological cause.
Due to the perceived embarrassment of talking about sexually related problems, women can often endure many needless years of suffering with this problem.
The good news is that Vaginismus can be treated. Your GP may well be able to prescribe something in the rare instance that this problem results from a physiological cause. It is rare, but not impossible, therefore please check with your GP.
In the vast majority of instances, Vaginismus can be treated using a combination of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy techniques. In fact, either Analytical Hypnotherapy or Cognitive Processing and Integration (CPI) therapy can be of benefit in answering the question of cause and reconsidering the underlying thought processes that have led to the physical reaction. These tools can also be combined with Suggestion Therapy to help relax and prepare the mind better for future sexual adventures, all of which can ease the multitude of factors that can contribute to the problem.
The issue is experienced by women generally from their late teens to early thirties, and can have seriously detrimental effects on both their relationships and self-esteem.
As noted above, the primary cause of Vaginismus is psychological, and can often be related to negative childhood experiences. The most common reasons we have found have been an extreme attitude towards sex on behalf of an individual's parents, a very painful first sexual experience, or a difficult child birthing experience.
The vaginal muscles tighten, unconsciously and reflexively, preventing penetration or making it painful. This can also lead to a loss of interest in sex [link] due to psychological association between the sex act and pain. It can be looked on as a "defensive" reflex, preventing the woman from experiencing pain, but can just as easily form from negative talk about sex in youth, or from a subconscious reaction to underlying relationship problems.
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The material included herein is intended to complement, not replace, the advice of your own physician, psychotherapist, or other healthcare professional, whom you should always consult about your circumstances before starting or stopping any medication or any other course of treatment, exercise regimen, or diet.
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