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Vaginismus is an involuntary contraction of the muscles surrounding the entrance to the vagina, making penetration impossible or painful.

Key Symptoms

  • Difficult or impossible penetration, entry pain, uncomfortable insertion of penis

  • Burning or stinging with tightness during sex

  • Difficulty inserting tampons, even after repeated attempts

  • Difficulty undergoing pelvic/gynecological exam with speculum

  • Avoidance of intercourse due to fear, pain, or failure

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The Hope & Her program begins with muscle identification. Once the over-responsive muscles are located, women learn how to gain control and relax the muscles.

Through a series of limbic reduction exercises, females are taught how to correct the reaction, while exposing their bodies to penetration and normalizing the feeling of insertion.

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A Muscle Reaction 
to Penetration
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VAGINISMUS

Vaginismus is vaginal tightness causing discomfort, burning, pain, penetration problems, or a complete inability to have intercourse.

 

The vaginal tightness results from a limbic system response toward penetration, a protection mechanism that signals the body to brace and protect against potential harm. 
Effective treatment solutions, including vaginal dilators, are available on Hope & Her.

The Alarm

Sounds

Vaginismus is unique because it may result from a combination of physical or non-physical causes, or seem to have none at all.
 

For many women, vaginismus comes as a surprise; unexplained tightness, discomfort, pain, and entry problems are unexpectedly experienced during intercourse attempts.

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A Time For

Boldness

Women often suspect they have vaginismus from their symptoms, but getting medical confirmation can be challenging. Woman should strongly advocate for themselves, insisting on a full diagnosis from a knowledgeable professional to rule out any other medical condition and properly confirm the vaginismus diagnosis.

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