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Vaginismus can be a significant sexual health problem for women that can impact their relationships and self-esteem. With vaginismus, the muscles in the vagina tighten or spasm upon penetration, such as during sexual intercourse or when using a tampon. Although vaginismus can be frustrating, treatment is possible. Here is what you need to know if you are suffering from this type of sexual dysfunction.

What Are the Symptoms?

Painful sexual intercourse is the most common symptom of vaginismus. The pain may subside after penetration or may persist. The pain may feel like a blockage or as though the skin is tearing. Often, women who are suffering from vaginismus have difficulty using a tampon and during pelvic exams. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult a doctor to determine the exact cause, as infections and other sexual health problems can cause similar symptoms.

What Is the Cause?

There is no single cause of vaginismus. Women who experience it often have anxiety about being sexually active; however, doctors are unsure whether the symptoms of vaginismus have triggered the anxiety or if anxiety causes vaginismus to occur. Determining the source of anxiety can be helpful during treatment.

What Treatments Are Available?

Start by making an appointment with a sexual health expert. He or she can determine the best treatment approach for you. Doing Kegel exercises, in which you learn to control the vaginal muscles, can be helpful. Your doctor may suggest inserting a finger into your vagina while doing the exercises. For anxiety associated with sexual intercourse, therapy may also help alleviate some of the symptoms.

At Urology Associates, our men’s and women’s health clinics help patients find solutions for sexual dysfunction in Tennessee, including erectile dysfunction and vaginismus. Take the first step towards reclaiming your sexual health today by making an appointment with one of our experts. Call l 888-656-0667 to schedule your visit.