Dyspareunia & Vaginismus
Painful sexual intercourse, often termed Dyspareunia when diagnosed by a medical professional, can affect women of all ages and with varied symptoms and durations. Caused by anything from injury to psychological reasons, Dyspareunia can have lasting effects on a woman’s confidence and relationships.
Vaginismus is another potential cause for painful intercourse. This refers to involuntary muscle tightening or spasms, constricting the walls of the vagina. The woman has no control over these contractions, and may even be unaware they are occurring. Muscles may become so tight, insertion may not even be possible.
Regardless of the cause, Dyspareunia may involve pain that only occurs during insertion, or throughout intercourse. Seeking professional advice is the best option. Depending on their recommendation, your provider may suggest the use of aids (such as vibrators) combined with gradual insertions (as directed) to help you progress beyond the pain.