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Taking The Issue Of Vaginismus Seriously

Sep 5, 2008
Women sometimes take their health for granted because they think they are just overwhelmed with tasked and responsibilities to be rendered for their husband and children. That is why many end up with regrets of the results of making not their health as one of their top priorities. This is a serious issue that has to be addressed in order to promote women's health. For instance, on the issue of vaginismus, women usually do not take this seriously thinking that it could not affect them that much-- study shows.

It may have quite a strange name, but vaginismus is no laughing matter for millions of women. This sexual problem can ruin relationships and self esteem, and so many women suffer in silence because they do not understand they have a legitimate medical problem or they are too embarrassed to speak up, to voice out and seek for help. The good news is that vaginismus can be easily treated-- learning more about this often ignored condition could substantially change lives for millions of women.

First and foremost, what is vaginismus? It is a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles around the vagina tighten to the extent that love making is troublesome or altogether impossible. The tightening of the muscles happens involuntarily--in most conditions, the woman does not even know it is happening. In some cases, muscles spasms, in addition to the tightening of the muscles, also occur. There are two kinds of vaginismus-- primary and secondary. Women with primary vaginismus have never been able to have sexual intercourse, and also usually not able to utilize a tampon or have a pelvic exam. Women with secondary vaginismus have had sexual intercourse without problems in the past, but suddenly find themselves unable or difficult to complete intercourse.

Vaginismus can present itself in a number of various ways. Sometimes, sexual intercourse is extremely painfu-- either sex burns or stings for the woman, or the man feel that the vagina is too tight for his penis. In other conditions, sex may be impossible--the pelvic floor muscles tighten to the extent that the man can't insert his penis at all.

The symptoms may also be psychological. If you tend to avoid love making because it has been painful in the past, then vaginismus might be to blame. Likewise, women who have experienced rape or that were sexually molested as children often experience periods of vaginismus-- this is according to medical studies.

Treatment for this comes in a series of steps. The first step includes dealing with any psychological issues that might be causing your physical reactions to sexual intercourse, so you can learn to come to terms with your sexuality and yourself as a sexual being-- you can ask help from experts for this. Once you have become comfortable with the idea of wanting to be sexually active, then you can start a series of so called "insertion" treatments, to help you learn to control or exercise your pelvic floor muscles.
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