FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To Get You Where You Want to Be
Navigating through all of the information about vaginismus can be tricky, but we are here to help answer any questions that you may have about it. From vaginismus and pregnancy, to whether or not you may need surgery for vaginismus, our FAQs are here to guide you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is vaginismus?
How do I know if I have vaginismus?
What is the difference between primary vaginismus and secondary vaginismus?
Are there varying degress of symptoms with vaginismus?
Will vaginismus go away on its own?
How many women have vaginismus?
Could vaginismus just be in my head?
Is it possible that my vagina is just too small? Could it be smaller from lack of experience?
A short, small, inelastic or absent vagina is a rare condition experienced by a small group of women. It is a symptom of MRKH and vaginal agenesis. Trainer therapy is often prescribed to help enlarge the vaginal space.
Unusually thick orinelastic hymensare rare occurrences that may cause penetration difficulties.
Could my hymen be causing my problem?
Can my problem still be vaginismus if I’ve had pleasurable intercourse before and now it hurts?
How does vaginismus affect husbands/partners of women with vaginismus?
What is dyspareunia? What is the connection between dyspareunia and vaginismus?
I can’t seem to have orgasms. Could this be related to vaginismus?
Vaginal Training Devices
What are the Hope and Her trainers made of?
Are your trainers toxic free?
Will my health insurance cover the cost of buying trainers?
HCPCS Code: E1399
Why are vaginal trainers used in treating vaginismus?
Why is it important to use a treatment program?
Can the trainers be used to treat other conditions besides vaginismus?
If my hymen is still intact, will using the trainers break it and will this hurt?
I can’t have intercourse and my biological clock is ticking. Any advice?
Will vaginismus cause complications or impede vaginal delivery of a baby? Will the pelvic floor muscles spasm or cause problems?
Can childbirth cause vaginismus? Can it be prevented?
Can natural childbirth help relieve pre-existing vaginismus by stretching the vaginal opening?
If I am unable to have pelvic exams due to vaginismus, how will I handle my prenatal care? Untreated vaginismus may present some challenges during pregnancy.
Some, but not all women with vaginismus, will experience pelvic tightness or spasms during even simple routine pelvic exams. For this reason, vaginismus may present problems during prenatal care visits, vaginal ultrasounds, pre/post-delivery pelvic exams, and other procedures. The best solution for these tightness problems is for women to treat the vaginismus so they can eliminate the limbic system response and make both intercourse and pelvic exams possible without pain or difficulty.
How successful is vaginismus treatment?
How long does treatment take?
Will sex ever feel good?
Is there any further support with the trainer sets?
Is there a difference between the treatment for primary and secondary vaginismus?
Should I stop trying to have intercourse during vaginismus treatment?
I have suffered from vaginismus for over 10 years. Is it too late for treatment now?
Success is the normal outcome of treatment regardless of the number of years the condition has been present. Vaginismus has high treatment success rates, even after long periods of time. Many women overcome vaginismus surprisingly quickly once treatment begins, even after decades of struggling with vaginismus. The process is generally the same whether a woman has suffered for one year or forty years, with usually only minor variations for age-related complications.
Does the self-help approach only work for mild or marginal cases of vaginismus? Will it work for severe cases as well?
Do you recommend working with treatment professionals such as physicians, therapists, psychologists, counselors, or others?
Can vaginismus reoccur once it’s successfully treated?
The process of overcoming vaginismus is generally permanent. Learned abilities are lifelong and prevent reoccurrence. The process of overcoming vaginismus normally instills life-long skills that provide permanent pain-free resolution. The body’s tendency to involuntarily tighten the pelvic floor is overcome, and if any vaginismus symptoms ever reoccur, they are typically easily resolved with the skills learned through successfully completing treatment.