vaginismus

Treat Vaginismus Naturally

Vaginismus is an issue that can arise in sexually active women in which the vagina tightens involuntarily leading to painful sexual intercourse. The pelvic floor muscles will contract on their own, closing off the vaginal entrance making penetration difficult, painful and sometimes completely impossible. It usually ends once attempts at intercourse cease and can lead to physical, psychological and relationship complications. It is treatable and treatment can be completed almost entirely at home, on your own or with your partner. It is important for partners to remain in communication and be active with one another even if intercourse is not an active part of their life for the first stages of treatment.

 

How do I know if my loved one has vaginismus?

  • Burning or stinging with tightness
  • Difficult or impossible penetration
  • Uncomfortable penile insertion
  • Unconsummated marriage
  • Ongoing pain following childbirth, infections, cancer, surgeries or other issues
  • Sexual pain of unknown origins
  • Difficulty inserting tampons
  • Difficulty undergoing pelvic exams
  • Spasms during intercourse
  • Avoidance of sex

 

How do I treat vaginismus as a woman?

  • Learn about vaginismus so that you can become proactive in your treatment.
  • Talk to your doctor. You will want to have both your general care physician, your gynecologist and a mental health professional involved in your treatment to be the most successful.
  • Learn about your body so that you can identify where pain is and what is causing it and explain this both to yourself, your partners and your doctor.
  • Work on retraining your pelvic floor muscles through kegel exercises.
  • Begin treatment with a insertion of a small item; nothing larger than a finger and fingers are recommended. Move at your own pace to limit pain and muscle contractions.
  • Begin to work your way up to vaginal dilators to help relax the muscles and prepare for eventual intercourse.
  • Work with your partner on sensate techniques that help build trust, understanding and adjustment to intercourse without pain.

 

How can I help treat vaginismus as a partner?

  • Be supportive. Remind your loved one that you still love them and support them so they can focus on treatment rather than worrying about being a perceived failure.
  • Go through the steps together, learn what treatments will be happening and participate wherever you can.
  • Celebrate every victory, even if it seems small.
  • Be patient and stay positive. Treatment can be lengthy and you want to help your partner stay positive rather than letting them feel like a failure.
  • Continue being intimate without intercourse. Explore other forms of intimacy that pleasure both parties.
  • Learn everything you can so you are informed!
  • Don’t become passive. Don’t stop being interested in sex and don’t cut off your own nature and desires. Re-channel them into intimate actions that both parties can enjoy.
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