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Vaginismus is the involuntary spasm of a woman’s pelvic floor muscles which surround the vagina. These spasms can be so severe that the vagina closes, leading to painful sex (dyspareunia), painful tampon insertion and a difficult pelvic exam. The pain is most often a burning sensation that may develop as sexual intercourse progresses. Vaginismus is the leading cause of unconsummated sexual relationships. There are varied causes, yet most clinicians believe it has both a physical and emotional component.
There are four different classifications:
Vaginismus can effect women at any stage of their lives. You can find a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist by asking for referral from your GP or visting The POGP (Pelvic, Obstetric, Gynaecological Physiotherapy) website.