I am a sex therapist and have seen about 150 women over the last 4 years with primary vaginismus. Only 1 percent would have been referred by a health professional. They all contacted me because I have written two articles about the condition, this is one of them. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/lets-talk-about-vaginismus-20130702-2p8nr.html
They read the article and realise they may have vaginismus. As you explain, the involuntary contraction or spasm makes the pelvic floor muscles contract tightly around the vagina, shutting down the vaginal opening, which makes it impossible to put a finger, tampon, penis or medical device into the vagina.
Some of women I have seen, were traumatised by a GP or gynaecologist who insisted to use a speculum to just ‘make sure’.
You are just wrong to believe that vaginismus needs ‘pathologies to be ruled out first’ to make a diagnosis. Vaginismus is foremost a psychological condition, any medical professional who would take a proper sexual history first, and knows about the condition, could diagnose it very quickly. A woman with primary vaginismus can’t have penetration at all.
Some of my clients also suffer from endometriosis. But women who suffer from endometriosis CAN have intercourse, which may be painful.
I’m not a medical person but I assume a woman needs an internal examination to find out? So why would you send our patient , who is only 22, who’s main issue is that she can’t have penetration - to a specialist to have an internal examination?
Unfortunately many in the medical profession have never heard of the condition or how to treat it.
Dr Rosie King – one of Australia’s most respected and well known sex therapists and who is also a medical doctor, believes that vaginismus is a common sexual problem that is treated by counselling, education, anxiety reduction, pelvic floor exercises and retraining of pelvic floor muscles.
Years ago, when she “taught me” about vaginismus she gave me an excellent Vaginismus Information sheet with all the information needed to understand the condition.
I only have it in PDF format, anyone who would like to receive it – just email me. email@example.com
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