Will vaginismus cause complications or impede vaginal delivery of a baby? Will the pelvic floor muscles spasm or cause problems?
Unresolved vaginismus may present some challenges during pregnancy, but will not normally impede the actual vaginal delivery process.
During the birthing process, hormones are activated that cause a women’s cervix and vaginal canal to involuntarily dilate (widen or expand) and automatically proceed, ignoring vaginismus impulses should they be present.
As a woman labors, the vaginal canal opens and stretches as the baby progresses through and exits the birth canal (with no adverse effect from vaginismus). Pain medication, such as epidurals are usually available if so desired.
Treatment Options During Pregnancy
Although childbirth is typically experienced naturally, just as it occurs for women without vaginismus, there may be difficulties with pelvic exams and other pre/post-natal procedures or with medical interventions during complications of delivery. Thus, women would be advised to consider resolving their vaginismus prior to delivery. Please note that a consultation with a physician is necessary to confirm the applicability of treatment options and to ensure that there are no risks posed by any treatment methods.
- If I am unable to have gynecological exams due to vaginismus, how can I get through all the doctor’s visits and vaginal ultrasounds for my pregnancy?
- How long does treatment take?
- Can natural childbirth help relieve pre-existing vaginismus by stretching the vaginal opening?
- I can’t even look at myself “down there” and I feel queasy just considering penetration or any type of vaginal insertion. How can I make it through treatment?
- How successful is vaginismus treatment?
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