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vaginismus

 [vaj″ĭ-niz´mus]
painful spasm of the vagina due to involuntary contraction of the vaginal musculature, usually severe enough to prevent intercourse; the cause may be organic or psychogenic.

vag·i·nis·mus

(vaj'i-niz'mŭs),
Painful spasm of the vagina preventing intercourse.
Synonym(s): vaginism, vulvismus
[vagina + L. -ismus, action, condition]

vaginismus

(văj′ə-nĭz′məs)
n.
A usually prolonged and painful contraction or spasm of the vagina.

vaginismus

Unconsummated marriage Psychiatry A sexual dysfunction characterized by '…recurrent or persistent involuntary contraction of the perineal muscles surrounding the outer third of the vagina when penetration with penis, finger, tampon, or speculum is attempted…(This causes)…marked distress or interpersonal difficulty…(and) is not better accounted for by another…disorder.' See Dyspareunia. Cf Vaginosis.

vag·i·nis·mus

(vaj'i-niz'mŭs)
Painful spasm of the vagina that impedes intercourse.
[vagina + L. -ismus, action, condition]

vaginismus

Apparently involuntary rejection, by a woman, of attempted sexual intercourse or gynaecological examination. The legs are straightened, the thighs pressed together and the muscles of the pelvic floor, that surround the vagina, tighten. Sexual desire may appear normal until penetration is tried. Treatment involves full explanation and instruction in the insertion of vaginal dilators of gradually increasing size.

Vaginismus

Muscles around the outer third of the vagina have involuntary spasms in response to attempts at vaginal penetration, not allowing for penetration.
References in periodicals archive ?
"Vaginismus is one of the most misunderstood topics, which is when the vagina involuntarily and suddenly tightens up in response to fear of some or all types of vaginal penetration.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can incorporate vaginismus, dyspareunia, and chronic pelvic pain.
Participants identified four primary reasons for the inability to have PVI, some of which are official diagnoses, and some self-diagnoses: vaginismus or pelvic floor dysfunction (9), vulvodynia (4), fear/anxiety (5), and erectile dysfunction (4).
In female patients with CKD, sexual frequency, communication, satisfaction, avoidance, and orgasmic disorder scores as well as the total sexual dysfunction score were comparatively higher, whereas the vaginismus score was lower compared with the control subjects.
What stands out in your narrative is your history of childhood sexual abuse which, methinks, is the root of your vaginismus. What's between our ears is the cause of so many unexplained problems-be it sex (impotence and your exotic ailment), writer's block, depression, weight gain, insomnia, etc.
However, our study showed that higher education level is a risk factor for vaginismus. Though no obvious reason was found to justify this relationship, the role of cultural and psychological factors must be considered.
Atallah estimates that between 60 and 70 women out of 100 will come to her for treatment for vaginismus, which is often done through psychotherapy that helps them learn how to control their muscles better and ease their fears of sex.
de Beauvoir, Bridget Jones' Pants and Vaginismus. Existential Analysis, 22.2: 203-216.
The authors suggest that difficulty exists in differentiating it from vaginismus.
It is also useful in helping eliminate vaginismus, painful vaginal spasms often associated with intercourse.
Fifthly, in some cases, the issue of painful sex is involuntary tightening of the pelvic floor muscles, which is known as vaginismus. The best physical therapy to deal with the same is Pelvic floor, Dr.
Problems of intercourse may as well become apparent, impotence in the man or failure to penetrate the vagina because of vaginismus in the woman.