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Vaginismus is where the muscles around the vagina suddenly and painfully contract (tighten) upon penetration.
Symptoms of vaginismus
Vaginismus can vary in severity from one woman to another. Some women are unable to insert anything into their vagina. Others are able to have sex but find it painful.
Causes of vaginismus
There are many reasons why the vaginal muscles can contract against a woman's will. But it isn't always clear each time why this might happen.
Diagnosing vaginismus
See your GP if you have the symptoms of vaginismus. They may be able to make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, medical history and a physical examination.
Treating vaginismus
Treatment for vaginismus will depend on what is causing the condition. For example, a physical cause, such as an injury or infection, can be treated with appropriate medication.